In its sequel, the story of The Dark one takes a whole new direction, which would be fundamental to be appreciated for its bold ambitions. Still, with this shift, it goes arouses morally and ultimately from a narrative point of view.
That’s what it’s about.
Norman Nordstrom, also known as The Blind Man (Stephen Lang), lives with his daughter in a disappeared suburban house away from the world’s noise. Although little Phoenix craves company, Nordstrom raises herself, and not coincidentally: in the ghetto, organ dealers raid, and it seems that she too has been overlooked. One night they show up at the Blind Man’s door, but of course, they don’t know who they’re messing with.
That’s why it’s good.
In 2016, Don’t Breathe presented the pantheon of horror movie killers with an inventive and memorable new monster: the sequel, which was again written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (only this time the director was handed over to the latter), creatively carries on the special abilities of the Blind Man; our man can “smell” how many people attack him and from what direction, even lying in a puddle, plus his toolkit has been expanded – he extinguishes the lives of hooligans attacking him and his daughter as a murderous MacGyver, and when he sees the roughening, the viewer waits to see what impromptu atrocity awaits the next victim.
The first film was often like a silent and extremely intense waltz, and Blind Black 2 also has scenes that evoke that feeling – some sledding from one character to another without cutting, playing cat-and-mouse games with each other on different levels of the besieged house. At the same time, the viewer unwittingly takes his breath back to avoid being noticed. They’re effective now.
That’s why it’s not good.
It’s hard, almost impossible, to accept the decision to turn Blind Man into the film’s protagonist in the sequel. This character moves on a very different level from the circled killers of slashers in general and who, looking at their activities, tend to root for them frequently: in the first film, we learned that this sick mind abducted. Raped women – specifically, he held one of his victims for many months to give birth to a child. He’s a monster who could live among us. And in the sequel, they turned him into a guard-protecting father who, in one scene, even spares the life of a bloodthirsty dog attacking him just because, you know, he loves dogs. What a hero!
We understand the concept that there are bad people. There are worse ones – because the band that raided Phoenix will eventually reveal some very stomach-churning details (which, moreover, will take the film to greater absurdity than the last act of the first episode did). Still, it is impossible to morally identify with the Blind Man, even though Stephen Lang is playing his soul to do so. The creators do their best to make this sharp shift a bed for it – there is a very, very great evil here, from self-sacrificing repentance, which deserves retribution – but no, this idea came dead in the first place, however novel it may be.
Is it worth your money?
So-so. If you are interested in seeing the creative extinction of the lives of bad guys, Then Don’t Breathe 2 can give you some pleasant moments, but be prepared that your moral compass is completely fooled, and this is difficult to accept. Thus, the sequel – Alvarez, and Sayagues, who also created the great Evil Dead remake, is so talented to spend their time with more necessary and meaningful pieces than this film.