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Sometimes a sequel can surprise you and come close to rivaling the first film of the saga. Horror sequels are usually the ones that fail the most, but Don't Breathe 2 is one of those surprising sequels that gives the first a run for its money.
The film follows the Blind Man 8 years after the events of the first film. He has a daughter now and is homeschooling her and teaching her survival skills. One night, a creep and his gang break into the Blind Man's house in order to kidnap Phoenix, the little girl. Phoenix is confused at first why this gang wants her but soon their intentions become clear and she discovers her father is not the man she thought he was.
Madelyn Grace gave an impressive performance as Phoenix. Her emotional responses, her ability to convey fear, and her general sweetness and likability make her by far the best part of the entire film.
Stephen Lang was of course compelling as the Blind Man, but sadly not as much as the first film. I'm not sure what changed. Perhaps being older or having a daughter softened his persona a bit. He didn't seem as savage and crazed as he did in the first film, but rather someone who made a mistake and wanted to change.
One thing that makes the Don't Breathe films so good is that there isn't a traditional "good guy". Everyone is a villain in some way and yet you can't help but root for a certain person. Fede Alvarez did a great job writing this script. He figured out a way to take the villain from the first film and make people feel sorry for him.
There wasn't anything in particular I disliked, I just feel that this film is not as compelling or as intense as the first film. It's still good in its own way, and it certainly holds up, but what made the first film feel so claustrophobic was the feeling of no escape and that there was no hope. The sequel didn't have that element, which took away from the saga's call to uniqueness.
In conclusion, if you are a fan of the first film then most likely you will enjoy the sequel. It's a good story and a great cast. Fede Alvarez and Madelyn Grace deserve all the applause. I give the film a 3 out of 4.
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