Don’t Breathe 2 – Review

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Don’t Breathe 2 provides an example of what not to do to rehabilitate a character. Not through penance, but comparison. Creating another character, designed as badly as possible, so that the audience would say, “Ah, he is better.” It’s like denying guilt using the “Many people are worse than me” argument.

Making a sequel after the success of the first film earned a dozen times the production cost, is a reasonable decision. Even the intention of Fede lvarez and Rodo Sayagues as writers to take a different path than most horror sequels, should be appreciated. But making Norman Nordstrom aka The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) a complete hero, is clearly problematic. Top Movie Site

Previously, Hannibal (2001) and Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) had taken similar steps. The difference is, the two titles above do not try to make the audience sympathize with the monster. While Don’t Breathe 2, makes Norman, as a kidnapper, murderer, and rapist, an old man with a heart. problematic. If likened to a football team, this film starts the season with quite a lot of point deductions. No matter how good the performance, the title will not be obtained.

Eight years after Don’t Breathe, Norman lives with Phoenix (Madelyn Grace), an 11-year-old girl he finds lying on the street. Norman takes care of Phoenix, giving him survival training, while hiding the truth from the boy. Isn’t this closer to the act of kidnapping than the noble act of caring for an abandoned child?

Then the events of the first film repeat themselves. Norman’s house is raided by a group of people. They are not curious teenagers like before, but an army of armed mercenaries, led by Raylan (Brendan Sexton III). Yes, this is no longer a home invasion about the encounter of an ordinary human with a monster. Don’t Breathe 2 is an action-breathing home invasion, about two-sided combat, both of which can be called “monsters”. Best Movie

The script prevents the film from succeeding in its entirety as a sequel, but when viewed as a standalone work, Don’t Breathe 2 isn’t bad at all. Making his directorial debut in place of Fede lvarez, Rodo Sayagues was able to build on the intensity based on chase and hide-and-seek in the dark. In addition to the brutality that is still maintained, a brilliant long take in the early half of the duration (which helped solidify Phoenix’s characterization as a clever and well-trained little girl) is also an example of how Sayagues is reluctant to rely on cheap tricks. It should be remembered that producing a spectacle that is “clearly visible” even though it has a dim (even pitch black) setting is not an easy matter.

Norman remains the problematic protagonist. Describing him as if he was better than Raylan doesn’t necessarily justify his actions. But that doesn’t mean that the appreciation can’t be given to Stephen Lang, who is able to maintain the brutal side of his character, while tucking the fragility of a blind man who (perhaps) hopes to erase all mistakes in the past. Movie Review

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