Don’t Hang Up | Don’t Breathe | Thriller Double Feature Review

I forgot to mention some of the things that I took notes on, so here are my notes on these two films.

My notes about Don’t Hang Up

This is a bottle film that takes place in one house.
It’s about a couple of douchey YouTube pranksters. We all know how annoying YT pranksters are. Especially the ones who set up their pranks with actors and fake the whole thing.
Brady and Sam are so annoyingly dude bro that I was actually kind of rooting for Mr.Lee. Especially Brady.
They were so 90210 Luke Perry, Jason Priesley, too damn old to play teenagers.
The acting started off shaky, but the two lead actors got progressively better as the film went on.
The camera work was interesting. There was a shot that started in the upstairs bedroom, then backs out the window across the lawn then I into the car.
I think the camera person sat in the car and zoomed into the window of the house and they just played the shot in reverse.
The premise is good but runs the risk of getting boring pretty fast. It actually was engaging for the most part. It could stand to be shortened by about 15-20 mins because there were some parts that dragged and I felt sleepy during the climax.
I like how the protagonists in danger were guys. There are so many movies were there is a final girl. It’s nice to see a final boy.
IDK how Sam could still want to save, girl, after knowing what she did.
The movie turns into Don’t Breath in one sequence. Other times it reminded me of Saw and Sinister.
For a direct to video movie it wasn’t bad. My only two criticisms were that the acting started off shaky and 20 minutes could have been shaved off the movie.
It’s a decent watch for horror thriller fans.

My notes about Don’t Breathe

Three unfortunate people.
Asshole boyfriend who’s too stupid to be and independent contractor. He robs under contract. You’re taking all the risk and spitting profits, for what?
Loser using dad’s security info to help the asshole and the girl who has friend zoned him.
Girl trying to get away from her alcoholic mother and Nazi boyfriend. She should have been a stripper. At least its honest money and you’re not robbing old blind people.
There is a great Oh Shit moment. Something happens that I didn’t see coming.
Unfortunately, for me none of these people were likeable. They deserve whatever they get.
This movie was engaging before it went directly to stupidville.
They end up upstairs in a room in which there are bars on part of the window, but there is room to still get through.
But apparently there was a window that they could have went through, because the dog jumps on a boy and pushes the boy through it.
Then this kid falls 14-16 feet gets his head smashed onto a radiator, but he just pops up after a nap.
I was just waiting for the old blind man to off these losers.
Everything was telegraphed this movie. The camera zooms in on a piece of glass on the floor, so you know it will be stepped on. The camera lingers on a gun under a bed, so you know it will be used.
Then the ending. A character keeps stopping to look back and I wished the dog would catch and eat them.
The movie turns into CUJO for about 5 mins.
There were some good jump scares. It was entertaining enough. But there were some stupid parts.

 

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