Director: Rodo Sayagues
Writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Stars: Stephen Lang, Brendan Sexton III, Madelyn Grace
RATING: 2 Stars
Hiding out for years in an isolated cabin, Norman Nordstrom has taken in and raised a young girl orphaned from a house fire. Their quiet existence is shattered when a group of kidnappers show up and take the girl, forcing Norman to leave his safe haven to save her. – From IMDB
Horror is one of those genres just rife with unnecessary sequels. And if there was ever one film that didn’t need a sequel, it was Don’t Breathe. The film was excellent, tense, scary and bloody, with a great villain. So then we kick out a sequel, where we are supposed to empathise and feel sorry for the guy that raped a girl and had her tied up in her basement last time we saw him? That’s going to be a hard sell for a lot of people.
The violence is just as bloody as before, and they surprisingly stick to a kind of home invasion story, but that is where the similarities end. The drawn out home invasion scenes, rather than cranking up the tension, get a little tiresome after a while. And poor Madelyn Grace who spends the entire time literally getting dragged from one scene to another.
Speaking of Madelyn Grace, she is the one and only good, likeable character in this film. There is a brief appearance of Hernandez at the beginning of the film, but she isn’t around long. After her departure, there really are no likable characters in this film at all. You think for about ten minutes that maybe some of them may be able to redeem themselves. And then that ridiculous third act plot twist shows up and things go rapidly down hill from there.
And let’s talk about that plot twist. Without going into specifics, they kind of foreshadow it really early on if you are paying attention, and then it’s not really brought up again until it’s thrown in your face. This was the point of the film where I rolled my eyes and just accepted this was going to be a huge let down. I suppose they had to find a motive that was more heinous than the things that Norman had done, and while I am not sure they achieved that, they did solidify themselves as absolute assholes.
Overall I was kinda bored for a lot of it and irritated by the rest. The combat and imaginative deaths were a plus, as was the performance once again by Stephen Lang, but this is a film that I will probably forget about pretty quickly.
‘Don’t Breathe 2’ is out in UK cinemas now!