Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Take A Summer's Breath, With "Don't Breathe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

                       Girls, I am telling you, "Don't Breathe" is the most fun I have had in a long while.  Too bad the movie cannot sustain.

                         It starts out credibly, in the land of adverse reality, with three teens, two boys and a girl, acting as some sort of thieving ring.  The girl, Rocky, played by Jane Levy is white, trailer trash, and is only doing this so she and her younger sister can get away, and flee to California, away from their alcoholic tramp mother, and sleazy boyfriend.  And yet, HER makeup and hair is perfect. Only in Hollywood, darlings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                         You have to see this, darlings. First, you think it is a "Wait Until Dark" redux, because the intended victim is blind.  But Audrey was the victim in the first, which meant class; never forget she gave the classiest "Fuck you!" on screen at the end of "The Children's Hour," so, even though she was blind, and in a wheelchair, Audrey, with her designer garb, gave the perps a run for the money.

                             Stephen Lang, that fine actor, plays the perp here. He may be blind, but he is far from helpless. Trouble is, three quarters of the way through, the film, with its gorgeous camerawork and atmospheric lighting, things drop to "Silence Of The Lamb" territory. Lang turns out to be deranged, not so much by the war, but by a rich, snotty bitch, running over his daughter.  The daughter is killed, and the girl gets off by her parents paying him $200K to settle him off.  But it is not enough, for, as Rocky discovers, the girl killer is now bound and gagged. What's more--this is sick--this guy has been saving and freezing years worth of his semen--don't even go there!!!!!!!--because he wants to impregnate this girl to get a new daughter!  And he is no spring chicken!

                                 Sick and incredulous, darlings! That is when I mentally checked out of the movie.

                                   I love the shot of Rocky--with the money she stole--and her daughter--getting on the plane, just as the discovery is made that Lang is still alive!

                                     Chickens do come home to roost, darlings!  But let's hope there is not another "Don't Breathe, Part 2."

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