DON’T BREATHE 2 is not as good as the first part and proves to be a disappointment with a predictable and unconvincing script and excessive bloodshed.


Don’t Breathe 2 (English) Review {2.0 / 5} & Review Rating

DON’T BREATHE 2 is the story of a blind old man whose quiet life of comfort is disturbed when his past sins catch up with him. Eight years after the events of the first film, blind Navy Seal veteran Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives with his 11-year-old daughter, Phoenix (Madelyn Grace), and their Rottweiler, Shadow, in a Detroit suburb. Norman has told Phoenix that his mother died after his old house caught fire. Norman is quite protective of Phoenix and rarely allows him to go out. He is homeschooling her to keep her safe. The only time he’s allowed out is when Hernández (Stephanie Arcila) comes to his house from time to time. She is a veteran army ranger who wants Phoenix to go out and get first-hand experience of the outside world. One day, when Phoenix is ​​dating Hernandez, the former runs into Raylan (Brendan Sexton III), who tries to misbehave with her. But she is saved when Shadows scares him. Hernandez leaves Phoenix at home and as she returns, Raylan and his gang kill her. They then arrive at Norman’s house. First, they lure Shadow out and kill him. Later, they infiltrate the house. Norman realizes something is wrong when he discovers Shadow’s body. Phoenix also becomes aware at the last moment of the presence of an intruder and hides. Sadly, for both of them, they are soon confronted by Raylan and his gang members. Raylan surprises Phoenix when he tells him that he is his real father. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

The story of Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues sounds exciting on paper, especially when compared to the events of the first film. The script by Fede Álvarez and Rodo Sayagues is interesting, but only in parts. Some scenes are exceptional and add to the excitement. But things get repetitive and the second half is far from convincing. The dialogues are nothing special.

The direction of Rodo Sayagues is decent but is disappointed by the writing. Know the techniques and how to add the necessary emotion. And it shows its brilliance in some scenes. However, the film faces several shortcomings. For starters, at DON’T BREATHE [2016]Norman was the antagonist. The audience was rooted in the other three characters and not by him. Here, in most cases, the public is expected to support Norman. Knowing very well how evil he was in the first part, many viewers will find it difficult to empathize with him. Second, the first half is a bit repetitive and is like the first part in that once again the blind man is trying to scare off intruders. Insanity shifts to a new location in the second half, but then it becomes unconvincing. And finally, DON’T BREATHE 2 is full of violent and bloody scenes. The first part was not in the same vein and yet it worked. But the excess of blood in DON’T BREATHE 2 seems out of place and could put off some of the viewers.

DON’T BREATHE 2 begins well as audiences become familiar with the changes in Norman’s life and with the characters of Phoenix and Hernandez. Not much time is wasted and the robbery at Norman’s home soon occurs. A few moments here and there are impressive; the scene where Phoenix is ​​trapped in a mini container and how she comes out of it is exciting. But it also gives the feeling of having been there. The second half also has some individualistic scenes that stand out. But here the movie becomes predictable and also the motive of Phoenix’s real parents behind his abduction is very silly. The movie ends with a hint that a third could be in the offing as well.

Stephen Lang, as expected, rocks the show and carries the film on his shoulders. Madelyn Grace plays a difficult role with perfection. Brendan Sexton III is fine as a gangster. Stephanie Arcila does well in a small role. Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Josephine) makes her mark. Steffan Rhodri (the surgeon) seemed like an important character, especially from the way he was presented, but he’s limited in scope. Adam Young, Bobby Schofield, Rocci Williams, and Christian Zagia are fine as gang leaders.

Roque Baños’ music enhances emotion and drama. Pedro Luque’s cinematography is first class. The lens had impressed even in the first part with its creative shots and does the same even in the sequel. David Warren’s production design is authentic and spooky. The action is unnecessarily violent and full of bloodshed. Jan Kovac’s edit is very sharp.

Overall, DON’T BREATHE 2 is not as good as the first part and proves to be a disappointment due to similar plot points in the first half as in the first part, a predictable and unconvincing script, and excessive bloodshed.


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