Don’t Breathe is a 2016 USA horror thriller by Fede Alvarez.
Starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Stephen Lang.
Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a serial killer, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims.
New Zealand’s Film and Literature Board of Review has upheld the Chief Censor’s R18 classification of the Sony Pictures film, Don’t Breathe. The classification also carries the warning Contains violence, sexual violence and offensive language .
Sony Pictures appealed the Chief Censor’s decision to the Film and Literature Board of Review, and made a submission for a lower classification.
In its decision, the Board of Review noted that their consideration of the movie comes shortly after the government’s announcement that domestic violence in New Zealand:
Is at such a level and of such concern that significant political and social measures are necessary to address this problem. Movies which depict extreme violence and sexual violence towards women are of concern to New Zealand society as a whole.
Chief Censor Dr Andrew Jack said in a press release that he welcomes the Board of Review decision, stating that it helps increase New Zealanders’ awareness of violent entertainment and supports their right to choose what they and their families are exposed to. He went on to rant that the Classification Office is viewing an increasing amount of horrific and gratuitous sexual violence in mainstream entertainment targeting young people. Violent media is helping to shape a violent New Zealand, says Dr Jack.*
In its submission, Sony said they did not agree with the original descriptive note, assigned by the Classification Office, that the movie contained sexual violence . Sony stated there was no sexual violence in the film. They sought an RP15 classification.
- In the UK the BBFC rated the film 15 uncut for strong violence, sexual threat, strong language
- In the US it was MPAA R rated for terror, violence, disturbing content, and language including sexual references.