Rodo Sayagues and Fede Alvarez, Uruguayan directors, are wise to build on the world of the previous film, which was exclusively set in and around Lang’s house. The ingenious plan was that he was blind, making him an easy target for thieves. They had no idea they were dealing with a terrifying Gulf War veteran who knew every square inch of the location and had his other senses heightened, making him an unbeatable killing machine. For the first “Don’t Breathe,” Alvarez and Sayagues co-wrote the script with Alvarez directing; this time, they share co-writing credit with Sayagues directing.
They couldn’t just rewrite “Don’t Breathe.” That would be a waste of everyone’s skills and no fun. Instead, they take Norman Nordstrom, Lang’s character, and give him a cause to leave the house. The end effect is nuttier and savage, but never as tense or tight as before. Knowing all we know about his horrific background from the previous film, it’s much tougher to cheer for him to defeat his attackers. Still, there’s considerable flair here, notably an excellent, lengthy tracking shot around Norman’s house at the start of the break-in; glimmers of that type of intricate choreography and camerawork may be seen elsewhere, but this scene stands out. IMDB