So what’s the big deal with Don’t Breathe 2? Why are people looking at this one a bit more skeptically than the original, which proved to be a solid $150M hit in 2016? Well, the issue for some is that they’ve decided Stephen Lang’s killer blind dude from the first film should now be the hero. While he’s still shockingly at ease with murdering folks, this time he’s got a good reason and people who have brought it on themselves.
That said, watching the new red band trailer it’s tough to see the difference. Once again The Blind Man finds his home infiltrated by a bunch of unfortunate lowlifes, who not only beat his ass but kidnap a young girl he has taken in, and of course he’s got to get bloody payback.
I don’t really see the problem. My take away by the end of the first movie was that the trespassers into his home had become the villains. Sure, we find out the Blind Man aka Norman Nordstrom had done some terrible shit, but it also seemed like he was trying to live in peace and quiet until these idiots stirred up old rages. So this transition to focus more on the most popular character in the franchise makes sense to me.
Don’t Breathe 2 opens August 13th. Fede Alvarez returns as a producer and co-writer alongside director Rodo Sayagues.
The sequel is set in the years following the initial deadly home invasion, where Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.