Writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Composer: Roque Banos
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici, Franciska Torocsik, Christian Zagia
More info: IMDb
Tagline: This house looked like an easy target. Until they found what was inside.
Plot: A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're very wrong.
My rating: 7/10 (it would've been a 9 if it weren't for the stupid last 15 minutes)
Will I watch it again? Absolutely not.
I'm saving the spoilers to the end here. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this flick until that something is discovered in the basement 2/3rds in and then it's a shitstorm of plot holes. There are several moments of total silence or near-total silence and it's brilliant. Silence isn't used much these days in movies which is a damn shame. The Blind Man says next to nothing until the final act which is also awesome. He's a guy you do not want to fuck with. There are a couple of jump scares but they're without music and because there was no music they were more effective than most jump scares in movies. The three burglars are largely unlikable. Alex is the exception but he's ultimately a shit because he goes along with his friends' robberies. The last twenty minutes is fucking bullshit. Now let's talk about that.
I've been thinking about this for the past hour since I left the theater. Once Cindy is discovered, the plot holes open up (except for perhaps every window in the Blind Man's house has burglar bars except for one - how convenient - and it's clear that because of the bars and a security system that this is important to him). Rocky and Alex never remove the tape from her mouth, Cindy has a stack of newspaper clippings she's saved about her being missing (how did she get these?), how the hell did the Blind Man kidnap her in the first place, he's holding her captive so she can bear him a child (THE FUCK? He said he was going to let her go after she has the baby which is a lie) so who's going to take care of the baby? He certainly can't. and on and on. This plot thread is ridiculous. Then there's the shit when Alex escapes and she's dragged back. There's a wide swath of blood left behind in the road as he drags her back to his house. You'd have to be losing A LOT of blood for that to happen. Plus, wouldn't the cops notice a path of blood leading right to his house? If she lost all that blood then how can she function as well as she did once she was back and still run out of the house with barely a limp? Ugh. How is she going to get away with this. I'm tired of typing and I've got lots more to say but I'm going to let it go. She should've died. I would've been happy if the Blind Man died too as long as she did. And how about how hours later, when she's at the bus station, and there's barely a mark on her face. I realize that it's just a movie and I probably shouldn't over think this too much but for fuck's sake, Alvarez did one hell of a great fucking job on everything leading up to that one reveal where the film nose-dived into stupidity where it languished in typical Hollywood fashion. It's bullshit and insulting.
END OF SPOILERS....YARRRRRRR!!!!!insulting
I also understand that if you took out the bullshit at the end, the movie would be shorter. It's already 88 minutes (with several minutes of end credits) but trimming the crap would reduce it by ten minutes (or more) which Hollywood is apparently afraid of having a movie that's too short. It would've worked a lot better if it were. Damn this movie was amazing until it went to shit and that's a fucking shame. They would've had my money again in a few months with the Blu-ray but not now. And by the way, AVOID seeing this movie if people are going to talk. I'm getting sick and damn tired of getting the theater manager to shut talkin' mother fuckers up and it happened again tonight. This is a thriller and it plays on your hearing. You need to be in an optimum position to give this your total concentration without distractions in order to maximize its effect. It's getting to the point where I'm only going to see the big action blockbusters in the theater 'cause it's hard to enjoy something when you've got rude sum bitches disrespecting the audience. Also, apparently me and Mrs. Scorethefilm are the only ones who are willing to say something to these degenerates. I've yet to hear anyone else try and stop it. For fuck's sake! AHHHHHH!