Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Paranormal Activity 2 (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Tod Williams
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 91 min.

Z-rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars for a slightly more enjoyable sequel to the original

Cheese Factor: 1 out of 5 stars for those same cheesy moments that they add for "realism"

This "sequel" actually coincides with the first movie, if you remember the parts where Katie leaves to go to her sister's, this is actually happening at both households. There are more people involved this time around as the family consists of Katie's sister Kristi, her husband Dan, their daughter Ali, their nanny, their baby boy, and the family dog. With more people around this time, I was really interested to see how this one was going to play out.

This is the typical "slow burn" film that these Paranormal Activity films are known to be. Starts off kinda like the home movies but slowly, things start to move and fall over on their own. "More of the same" seems to be the motto used during the production of this movie because it's pretty much similar to the first in many aspects. Weird things start happening, they try to get it on tape, and they succeed, only to stay at the house until whatever it is gets to them. Not that I think just leaving the house would've changed anything, I just thought it was funny that they didn't even try to. Not much to say here except, you'll probably enjoy this movie if you liked the first one.

Interestingly enough, this movie was so popular that it spawn a foreign sequel that was also called Paranormal Activity 2. Taking place in Japan, Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night is about a foreign exchange student who gets into a car accident (apparently with Katie) while here in America and goes home with two broken legs. The problem is, the evil force that haunted Katie has now followed her home to Tokyo...

Nudity: None. Although it probably could've used some. The closest thing we get is Kristi in the bathtub filled with bubble bath. Nothing is shown.

Gore: None. Although it probably could've used some.

Awesome: Not bad. I enjoyed the original and I actually liked this one more. Good one, two combo. I really liked that they added more people this time around and you can see their different personalities at work. They're from all different age groups, the nanny believes but the parents don't (at first), and there's even a dog this time!!! Don't fix what ain't broken, this is what sequels are supposed to be. I also like how the story coincides with the events from the first one. Once again though, this is one of those movies that you have to really immerse yourself in and pretend that it's happening to you for it to REALLY effect you.