Don’t Breathe

Few movies these days truly deserve to be called a thriller. The plots can be predictable and the action scenes can come off too choreographed. As far as the new movie ‘Don’t Breathe’ is concerned, thriller is the only way to term it.

Rocky is a young girl trying to make her way in a depressed part of Michigan. She has no money and a boozy mom who is sponging off of her. The only way she makes any money is by breaking in and robbing people with her friends Money and Alex. One day Money comes to them with the chance to rob a house that may be holding over $300,000. Enough for Rocky to escape with Alex and her little sister to someplace better. The trio embark on the biggest score of their lives, maybe a little over confident since the man they are robbing is not only a loner, but also  blind as a bat. They go in thinking it’s going to be a push over, but things quickly turn and it’s clear they have bitten off much more than they can chew.

From the minute they get into the house, the tension starts to rise and it just keeps going from there. You will literally be on the edge of your seat as they find escaping from the blind man’s home proves to be far more of a challenge than they thought it would be. Not for a moment do you believe they are safe or anything is fixed. The action unfolds fast and with unrelenting pace. Just when you think you see the light at the end of the tunnel, something comes along to block it out. You won’t be able to breathe as all your breath will be taken away in this claustrophobic thriller. There are twists and turns you do not see coming. It is without a doubt one of the best thrillers I have seen this year and something very special is going to have to come along to impress me more than this film did.

Audience: A little worse than what I’ve gotten used to lately. First, some kid and his father brought  in some take out food that stunk to high heaven and a few rows up, there were some people who seemed to forget they were in a theater with other people as they weren’t shy about speaking at their normal voice level. Let’s not forget the whisperers in the  back who spent  most of the movie trying to predict what was going to happen next, only after commenting on what had just happened. Thankfully as the  movie really got into gear, everyone shut up because the tension of the movie was so real. Thumbs down for this audience, but up for the movie.

Sausage Party

Very rarely do adults get an animated film, but when they do, it really is for adults. That is the case with ‘Sausage Party’ opening this week. Starring Seth Rogen as a hot dog wiener and Kristen Wiig as a hot dog bun who are in love and yearn for when they are selected by the gods and taken to the hereafter where they can finally be together. After a terrible shopping cart accident, they are separated from their package mates and are left to fend for themselves in the grocery store. They are on a quest to get back ‘home’ but along the way, the wiener decides to find out the truth about the hereafter and what he discovers is horrifying.

This  movie the minds behind ‘Neighbors’ and ‘This Is The End’ ply their skills to the animated film genre and have come up with something that will have your mouth stuck open the entire time. Either from laughing or just in amazement that anyone could think of doing such things to food. Under the cutesy veneer of an animated tale, there is a rather spot on metaphor for religion and faith and how the world’s belief systems work, and clash, with each other. Lots of food puns await, natch. It really is a movie that had me wondering how it could possibly end, which was one reason I wanted to see it. I mean, the characters are food. How could it possibly end well for them? It was like a mix of any R-rated film with Toy Story. At first it seems rather banal and you think the only gag is having cute characters cussing a blue streak, but they delve deep later and there is a real spark of intelligence behind the gags, even the low brow ones. I will say that it is evident that the writers of this film had to have been under the influence of weed while they wrote this thing, because for as many moments of crystal clarity there are, there are moments when you have no idea what the fudge is going on. Needless to say, this movie will make you laugh, even against your better judgment. And be warned, even an R rated animated movie has a song and get this, it was by Alan Menken! Not what I would expect of him, but it goes to show you we all have to blow off a little steam now and then.

Audience: I was surprised once more. The audience was quiet for the whole movie. I don’t get it. Make a movie where a anthropomorphic hot dog may drop an ‘F’ bomb and  the whole room stays quiet to heat it. There was a little chatter behind me, but after a while I was laughing too much to care.