Paranormal Activity 2 Movie Review – In A Word, It Rocks

by on October 22, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

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Paranormal Activity 2 picks up emotionally where its predecessor left off and capitalizes on the suspense and tension that the first film germinated in our minds.  From there it gives you a coronary on multiple occasions and is the perfect Halloween season release movie.

Oh, did I like it?  I’ve never had a movie raise the hair on the back of neck before and Paranormal Activity 2 did it multiple times.  It took me half an hour after the movie to come down from the experience and I loved every single second of it.

Going into the film, you wonder where they’re going to go with this story and how they can make it better.  And yet they take the story in a surprise direction, build on what we already know and made it better by using what we knew and building on it in a subtle-aggressive fashion that won’t let you go.

Every scene I found myself trying to see the subtle details and not be surprised.  Looking left and right on the screen to keep myself from being shocked… too much.  I failed miserably.

Mild spoilers to Paranormal Activity 2 after the break:

The title Paranormal Activity 2 had me expecting a sequel of events that takes place after the end of the first movie but when, where and what they do is pretty cool.  It’s more a prequel that takes place 60 days before the events of the first movie.  Yet during the movie, we get a bit of an origins piece explaining a bit of how this scenario came to be.  We then get to see exactly where Katie went after she ended up killing Micah in the first movie.

The movie opens with us being introduced to a family in Carlsbad, CA.  Brian Boland (The Unborn) plays the husband/dad, Sprague Grayden (Jericho, Sons of Anarchy, 24) plays his second wife and sister to Katie (Katie Featherston).  Yes, Katie from the first movie is in it.  So is Micah.

If you get the creeps from the familial connection, it goes a wee bit further than that when their mom is referenced as having lost it from some unknown reason in their past.  Hence, some origins info!

An early scene sees the family returning from an outing and finding their home looking completely vandalized.  Every inch of the house was tossed except the baby’s room.  From there, they hire a security firm to install security cameras in several places of the house.  It’s these cameras and a handheld that give us our story.

Now as days & events progress we see the view over the front entryway, looking out.  The pool, The kitchen, the child’s (Hunter) room.  Hope you have a second set of pants with you!

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The presentation of story was something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a sequel where they start it out as a prequel, include some origins and then…  well, if you go see it, you’ll see.  No use giving it all up for ya!

Paranormal Activity 2 is pretty much along the lines of the first one in as how they present their plot and if you were one of those nay-sayers of the first one, you probably will find flaws and issues with this one.  Yes, there were a few snags along the way, but I ended up not caring and staying on-board for the ride.  The way they manipulate your head with the implied suspense and such is again, as masterful, if not more so, than the first.

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