Upcoming horror movie Don't Breathe 2 picks up the mantle of placing the main bad guy in the starring role once again, after having done so in the first film of the series. Considering that the original villain of the series, the Blind Man, was already a major player in the story, some debate whether or not he should still be featured as the primary bad guy in Don't Breathe 2. What we are trying to say is whether or not the character of The Blind Man was overused in that movie and if there would be more emphasis on building the supporting cast around him. The second half of the original Don't Breathe movie takes place almost entirely in Europe, as opposed to the US, but we will discuss that later.
The first movie of Don't Breathe was a fast-paced action and adventure tale that wrapped up rather quickly. It follows a young American tourist, Michael Myers, who stumbles upon an ancient, blood thirsty ghost in Mexico City. After leaving the area and warning the local authorities, Michael escaped to look for assistance, which he received almost immediately. Once there, however, things got very dark and very fast, as Michael took several years to come back to the United States. Much of the original plot line of Don't Breathe 2 picks up in the second half of the movie, as Michael seeks out the person responsible for his paralysis, learns about the origins of the Blind Man (we'll get to that in a bit) and engages in a one sided fight against a band of international terrorists.
While the first film of Don't Breathe 2 doesn't do as much with the mythology of Michael Myers as the first film did, it does manage to pick up where the original left off. We learn more about Michael's past, why he is the way he is, and why he has become the Blind Man. We also get to see what the repercussions of not breathing are, and how Michael's transformation affects others around him. These additions build the story more intelligently than the first film, and provide some very thrilling and suspenseful moments. The acting is excellent throughout, with plenty of comic relief provided by the characters.
However, the real strength of Don't Breathe 2 comes from its interesting and colorful characters. Unlike the first film, which was rather generic and predictable, the second takes a more complex view of the mythology of Michael Myers. The Blind Man himself becomes a character in this sequel, and provides some very amusing interactions between Michael and his friends and family. The Blind Man is also probably the most underrated aspect of the first film (apart from maybe Mike Myers), and this sequel shines a spotlight on this character and his oddball behavior. The story in Don't Breathe 2 also covers some great territory in the psychological genre, and this movie manages to use its strong plot to delve into some interesting territory.
Don't Breathe 2 is not as good as the original Don't Breathe, but it is a worthy sequel nonetheless. The film offers more twists and turns, and some of the old characters make cameos. It's also not as long as the original, but it is still a fine feature length movie. Despite its high popularity, Don't Breathe 2 doesn't try too hard to please. It's just a fun, entertaining movie that's well worth the time spent watching it. If you like the first, you'll like this one as well.
Don't Breathe 2 doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does add some welcome originality and comedy. The Blind man remains a hilarious and suspenseful story about a disturbed young man with a strange blindness. For those who enjoyed the first movie (as many of us did), Don't Breathe 2 adds a lot of comedy and finds some great twists and turns. It's definitely a more adult-oriented film, but it's a fun and lighthearted horror sequel that won't leave you bored. The Blind man is definitely worth a watch!