Director: Rodo Sayagues
Cast: Stephen Lang, Brendan Sexton III, Madelyn Grace
Release Date: October 26, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
In the thrilling sequel to the breakout hit, DON’T BREATHE 2 reprises Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang), who has been hiding out for several years in an isolated cabin. He lives with a young girl and has recreated the family stolen from him by a drunk driver. Their quiet life together is shattered when a group of unseemly criminals kidnaps her and forces Norman to tap into even darker and more creative instincts in an effort to save her.
Please Note: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
The follow-up to the smash hit thriller, ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ rejoins the blind man Norman from the first film who is living a satisfying life hiding out in a secluded cabin with his new daughter, a girl who he rescued from a house fire years prior but remains unaware of what happened; believing herself to be his real daughter. Training her to survive and barely letting her leave home other than rare accompanied trips into town in an attempt to protect her and keep them hidden, everything is quickly flipped upside down when a group of thugs invade their home in an attempt to abduct her. Unable to initially stop them, Norman will now have to venture into questionable territory to fight for what he cares about.
Directed this time around by Rodo Sayagues who makes his directorial debut taking over as director for the sequel from a screenplay once again written by Sayagues and Fede Alvarez. Sayagues does a highly capable job at the helm of ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ guiding along the tension and excitement with apparent ease throughout. The cast of the sequel includes Stephen Lang (VFW), Brendan Sexton III (Boys Don’t Cry), Madelyn Grace (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) and more, with the majority each offering pretty decent performances in their respective roles overall, but Lang definitely steals the show once again as our anti-hero of sorts this time around.
‘Don’t Breathe 2’ is a brutal, exciting and altogether fairly well done thriller that doesn’t quite reach the level of outstanding that its predecessor did (you can read my review of the first film’s Blu-ray release Right Here), but still delivers enough fun, bloody chaos and twists around every corner to make it worthwhile, as well as taking a curious approach in following the villain from the previous film and attempting to make you care for him to a degree this time around. At the same time it repeatedly switches things up on both ends of the story, leaving the viewer to wonder more than once along its course just who exactly the villain might be this time around and which is the hero of sorts. It never actually tries to develop a mystery out of it, but it’s a clever technique that keeps things from becoming uninteresting or overly repetitive throughout and also keeps you from ever feeling as if they’re trying to get the audience to completely forget and forgive the horrid things that Norman has done. I would definitely encourage fans of the first film to make a point of giving ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ a fair chance at some point whenever possible and fans of Stephen Lang won’t want to miss out on this sequel either as he once again delivers a great performance reprising the role of Norman. It may not be quite as remarkable as the original but it is solid and entertaining enough to make it well worth taking the time to check out.
Overall, ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ is a fun, bloody and brutal follow-up that takes things in a curious direction but manages to do a fairly rewarding job of it while utilizing and attempting to build on many of the first film’s strengths. At the same time it also delivers enough craziness and ups the carnage and bloodshed enough to keep genre fans more than satisfied throughout. ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ is recommended for anyone who enjoyed the first film and fans of actor Stephen Lang who offers another brutal and well balanced performance as Norman. It’s a pretty decent sequel in most respects that keeps things moving at a fast pace while also keeping you guessing to a degree and at the very least it should prove worthy of a rental for those who haven’t yet had a chance to check it out and may be understandably hesitant to spend the money on a blind purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and delivers a smooth, sharp and nicely detailed presentation from start to finish with no noticeable faults or issues to be uncovered along the way. It holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit sequences throughout, never causing anything that’s occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation that should easily please fans and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, smooth and frequently hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It repeatedly takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, action effects and nature elements such as fire raging throughout the various speakers, along with plenty more at every logical opportunity, and never allowing any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a very nice 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that never disappoints and also contributes some extra excitement and tension to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Don’t Breathe 2’ includes a few solid extras that fans should enjoy. Included on the release are ‘2 Audio Commentary’ tracks, the first of which is an ‘English Commentary with Rodo Sayagues’ and the second is a ‘Spanish Commentary with Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues’. The release also includes a slightly ‘Extended Ending’ (running approximately 1 minute) and some Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘Friends and Filmmakers’ (running approximately 5 minutes in length), ‘Bad Man (Slang Is Back)’ (running approximately 3 minutes) and ‘Designing Deception’ (approximately 5 minutes).
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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
‘Don’t Breathe 2’Arrives Home on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD on October 26, 2021 & is Now Available on Digital from Stage 6 Films, Screen Gems & Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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