A surprise box office hit that basically came out of nowhere when it premiered earlier this year, Fede Alvarez’s home invasion thriller follows up his deranged 2013 “Evil Dead” remake to prove he’s the real deal. The film finds a trio of reckless teens attempting to rob a blind man (Stephen Lang, terrifying) as they wind up trapped in his lair for the night. Equal parts “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “High Tension,” this elegant and surprisingly fast-paced blend of horror and suspense overcomes some of its more ridiculous ingredients thanks to endless invention. Running and fighting a buff man and his growling dog, the survivors face the ultimate grotesque showdown in his gnarly basement. And just when you think they’re in the clear…”Don’t Breathe” will leave you gasping for air. —EK
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Tommy Edison, better known on YouTube as the Blind Film Critic, this week reviewed a movie of particular relevance: “Don’t Breathe,” a thriller about three thieves who break into a visually-impaired veteran’s home. Edison is highly positive on Fede Alvarez’s film overall, granting it 3.5 out of 4 “eyes wide open,” and says that, with one exception, “I don’t think it was unrealistic compared to other blind characters in movies.”
“There’s one point where he’s doing a lot of sniffing, right, to see if he can figure out where these people are in his home and to see if he can get it with his nose. I don’t know,” Edison says. “He probably uses his nose a little more in that situation than I would, I think. But at the same time, I think they have to exaggerate it, too, to let you know that he’s blind and he’s trying to use all of his other senses to figure out just what the heck is going on in his home.”
As for whether or not he feels it portrays blind people in a negative light, Edison says “absolutely not” — the character’s blindness has nothing to do with his negative traits. It was also “more realistic than Al Pacino driving in ‘Scent of a Woman,'” he adds with a laugh.