If you’re keeping track, “Don’t Breathe 2” takes place eight years after the events of the previous film, which places it in the near future. Norman picked up a small girl who was orphaned and alone in the middle of the street after a house fire; he brought her home and nurtured her as his own daughter. He also gave her the name Phoenix, which is a bit on the nose. Meanwhile, the Rottweiler that follows her about and protects her is named Shadow, and the film goes from there to be even less subtle. Phoenix had been kept cooped up in their decrepit Detroit house by Norman, but now that she is a tween (played by Madelyn Grace), she longs for a regular existence. IMDB
We find out what they’re really up to when a bunch of stupid tweakers, lead by a scuzzy Brendan Sexton III, pursue Phoenix back home. The next turns range from fascinating to crazy, but they completely transform the film, transforming it from a fairly conventional home invasion thriller into something wilder, crazier, and—at times—darkly hilarious. As Norman fights off and outsmarts his attackers, Sayagues’ subtle use of stillness, creaking doors, and sluggish footsteps in the first half of the film gives rise to brutal, bloody action and dramatic sound design. Grace keeps up with the physical demands of her job throughout, but she doesn’t have much else to do. Phoenix is always responding, isn’t it?