DON’T BREATHE 2 Faces Criticism For Making The Blind Man Its Hero

Was positioning The Blind Man as the antihero in DON’T BREATHE 2 the right move?

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Considering the brutal actions taken by The Blind Man in the first film, some critics are unimpressed with the decision to reposition the character as a protagonist in Don’t Breathe 2. While the original was nowhere near realism, some people are still concerned that making The Blind Man a hero sends the wrong message. 

In Don’t Breathe, The Blind Man was scary as hell. Not only was he the main antagonist, but the character committed some truly heinous crimes. I’m specifically referring to sexual assault and murder. This is why critics are concerned by the character being repositioned in the marketing materials for Don’t Breathe 2

Producer (and director of the first film), Fede Álvarez, is now clapping back at fans crying foul. His opinion seems to concern the muddy middle ground between good and evil. He shared his views with Total Film Magazine in their recent Halloween Kills issue. 

Here’s what the producer has to say

We like to f–k with people. We want to show that things are not black and white. People are concerned he’s an antihero? Shows like Game of Thrones drive you mad with empathy for bad people. He’s more of an anti-villain. He may think he’s not, or do some things that’ll make him escape it temporarily, but he is. He’s a shadow character, not so much the protagonist. There’s so much more to the story.

The first film in the fledgling franchise focuses on three criminals who hope to steal The Blind Man’s fortune, and break into his highly-secured home to find it. Unbeknownst to them, the house is full of traps and secrets that would make Jigsaw jealous. 

In Don’t Breathe 2, The Blind Man AKA Norman Nordstrom (as played by the excellent Stephen Lang) takes on the hero’s mantle in order to save his adopted daughter from a group of kidnappers. 

Director Rodo Sayagues had this to add:

It just makes everything unpredictable — If it’s clear who the good guys and bad guys are, you know who’s gonna make it, right?

Don’t Breathe 2 appears in theatres on August 13, 2021 from Sony Pictures Releasing.

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Does The Blind Man have the right to evolve into a hero? Or do his actions in the first film make this repositioning inappropriate and tone-deaf? We want to know what you think.

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