Today, I finally saw the trailer for Don’t Breathe, a new horror film soon to be released August 26th, which chronicles the twisted tale of three teenagers and their unfortunate interactions with…a blind man.
Yep, you heard me. A blind man.
For those who haven’t stumbled upon the film, here is a little synopsis from Wikipedia that might shed a little light on the subject.
Rocky, a teenage delinquent living with neglectful parents, promises her younger sister that they will start their own lives together and move away from their dysfunctional family. Looking for the right amount of cash to run away with in order to do so, her boyfriend, Money, convinces her to break into the home of a blind man who supposedly has a safe in the basement. Breaking into the house in the middle of the night with their friend Alex, they discover that the blind man is not as helpless as he seems, and soon find themselves in a game of cat-and-mouse with a man willing and ready to kill all three
Let’s rob the blind guy. Because blind people are helpless and lonely.
And judging from the trailers, it seems the blind man has some supernatural hearing capability or really bad ass echolocation skills. Because we as the visually impaired can pull off that skill better than any Zubat in Pokemon Go can. Or any bat in general.
Upon doing more research, via one of the many Disabilty blogging groups I belong to, it turns out that the director barely did any research on the blind, not hiring a consultant with a condition, no focus groups,hell, he didn’t even hire a blind actor to play the role. I am guessing a true blind person with an axe doesn’t have good aim and could be a liability for the company. Who knows? But when asked about his movie during a Twitter Q&A, he barely acknowledged his disabled followers.
Wonder how that humble pie tastes now? He seems pretty quiet about the subject at hand.
Don’t Breathe has become the visually impaired equivalent of Me Before You to those in wheelchairs. Only instead of using us as inspiration porn, we are all of the sudden a force not to be reckoned with.
Now that you mention it, I don’t know whether to call it a good thing or bad thing.
Either way you look at it…Or use some pretty epic echolocation…Don’t Breathe is just one example of Hollywood and Disabilty gone wrong. Again, we don’t get to assist in the process as a way to make cinema stigma free, or at least half the calories.
Because too much of a disability plot device can lead to extreme Facial Metacarpals.No doctor in the world can cure that.
Will I go check out this film, even though this could potentially tick me off? Sure, someone has to. You know, for science. Or social justice or lack there of.
Wonder if they will make this audio captive accessible to the demographic they are unknowingly offending.
The things that make you go hmmmm…..