Paranormal Activity 2 Free Online Review
Paranormal Activity 2 proves that a horror movie sequel can be better than the original as long as the story is intelligent and the acting is good. The writers here were up to the task as this movie is the best horror movie sequel ever made.
This movie had all the markings of being nothing more than a money-grab by Paramount Pictures. It was a sequel to a stunningly popular low-budget movie, and it came out barely a year after the original. Add to that the fact that the gimmick of the first movie was already widely known, so it couldnt possibly be effective the second time through. I was pleasantly proved wrong.
Paranormal Activity 2 is a classic horror movie that can stand on its own merits meaning that you dont have to have seen the first Paranormal Activity to enjoy this film. But for those that have seen the first movie, this is a fantastic companion piece in that it further fleshes out events from that movie. And in one startling plot twist actually expands upon the reason for all that happened.
The story depicted in Paranormal Activity 2 occurs 2 months prior to the events of Paranormal Activity 1. This prequel ties into and dovetails brilliantly into the first movie. This time the plot centers around the family of Katies (from the first film, again played by Katie Featherston) sister Kristi Rey. The family includes Kristis husband Dan, their newborn son Hunter, Dans daughter Ali (from a previous marriage), the nanny/housekeeper Martine and their loyal German Shepherd Abby.
The movie begins with Kristi and Dan brining their newborn son Hunter home from the hospital. Their home is just around the corner from where Katie and her husband Micah live in Paranormal Activity 1. As first time parents the video camera is constantly on.
One day the family comes home to find the house ransacked. Items in every room have been tossed about and turned upside down. Every room except baby Hunters which was left untouched. In addition not a single item was taken from the house. It doesnt appear that it was a robbery.
This event prompts the parents to install a fill blown, always-on security camera system in the house. Five motion detector equipped cameras are placed in strategically located places around the home one in the entryway, two in the kitchen, one overlooking the pool and one in the nursery. Every night after the family goes to bed the audience cycles through all 5 cameras. Nothing happens on camera in those first few nights.
Gradually during the days Kristi begins to experience some funny, then strange occurrences doors opening and closing on their own . window shades suddenly snapping up . pots falling off hooks, etc. Her husband Dan is skeptical even though he can see these events played back on camera. He offers up logical reasons to explain these occurrences. Before too long things begin happening that are not so easy to explain away.
Then suddenly one evening something is captured on one of the security cameras while the family is sleeping. It happens quickly and then its over. But it definitely occurred. Then the next night something else occurs that we the audience can see, but which is unknown to the sleeping family.
Director Todd Williams and writer Michael R. Perry then begin our decent into the world of terror. Each night the audience finds themselves scanning all four corners of each security camera, looking for the next happening. We watch as the pranks slowly turn from mischievous to worrisome to horrific.
Paranormal Activity 2 is reminiscent of the 1975 movie Jaws in that in the beginning much of the chills occur off screen, such as the family dog growling at something out of site, or the baby Hunter seeming to stare at something in the room that no one else can see. The danger of the situation is initially only hinted at.
Then the safety of the daylight hours is shattered in a devastating way, and all heck breaks loose.
Paranormal Activity 2 is a well made, well acted horror movie that is sure to have audiences talking about the violent and terrifying ending for years to come.
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