Don’t Breathe is one of the most successful thrillers made in recent years. As someone who started following Fede Alvarez after Evil Dead, I was looking forward to Don’t Breathe and it was well worth the wait. When I left the cinema, I was fascinated by the show Fede Alvarez presented to us. But when I left the cinema, I left without thinking that there would be a sequel. There shouldn’t have been any more. We have to stop some things, not every movie should have a sequel. Don’t Breathe was one of them. Because when you force to continue what is not open to continuation, will seem odd.
Let’s briefly touch on its subject… The antagonist character of our first movie seems to have survived and somehow found the child he wanted for a very long time. Although he lives happily with her, our little girl not happy att all and does not like the “closed” life that her father obligates. While she is looking for an exit door for herself, someone else opens the door for her. But the person who opens this door will not go back without rip-off the door.
In general, i’m writing with a little spoiler why I liked the movies I watched, but there is no need to use spoilers for this movie. I don’t even think the movie has anything to talk about in depth. In short, the film is a mediocre production that is full of clichés, completely out of context which is tries to slam bad with bad. While the first movie does justice to its thriller genre, it is obvious that the second movie is nothing more than a cheap hero project.
Of course, I will write a comparison with the first movie because the gaps between them decrease the quality of the second movie. The first movie was about a blind man’s struggle to protect himself and his secrets from thieves who broke into his house. The second movie is about the transformation of a man who tries to protect a -unknown where she came from- girl like a superhero. The first movie was pretty logical in itself. An ex-Navy blind man who knows his home down to the last detail. There is nothing more normal to that man finding everything inside easily. But the second movie takes our character out of the house and after a while we start watching our character Norman Nordstorm as if he is not blind. After the middle of the movie, “blindness” loses its meaning and the movie turns into ordinary action.
I was very happy to see Fiona O’Shaughnessy in the movie, but I wish we had met in a better movie. For example, a movie where the perverted antagonist isn’t turned into a child-loving hero. Although some will like the idea of making bad characters fighting each other, unfortunately it is a very bad and unfortunate choice for the continuation of the first one, which is a great movie.
To sum it up… The first movie was the tense story of a blind man and 3 thieves playing a corner in a tight space. Although the story turned to a completely different phase after a point, the story was basically about the puss-in-the corner and it was doing it right. But the second movie, with its unnecessary twist adds exaggerated action to its story, and goes away from its baseline. I wasn’t expecting much anyway, but at least I would like to be satisfied with a nice action. But I never thought I would see the clichéd hero man story. It was a pity.
Cast & Crew
director: Rodo Sayagues
writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
starring: Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace, Fiona O’Shaughnessy
USA | 2021 | 98 MINUTES |