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Insidious: Chapter 2 is decidedly short on the tension and surprises that made its predecessor so chilling.
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Most of [Wan's] peers shoot a bunch of scenes and let the editor make a smoothie. Wan no longer relies on visual gibberish. He has become a classicist in that sense.
Characters in Whannell/Wan screenplays speak with the first-draft expository bluntness of a cheap '50s thriller, letting the characters step on some of the best reveals.
Insidious: Chapter 2 is a puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways.
Though there's some admirably clever plotting to interweave the film's second half with events in the original, it's simply not as scary.
Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor.
An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around.
The high moral seriousness of the central conceit in both Insidious films -- that of a haunted child -- undoubtedly deserves more delicate touches and more sobering scares.
It's unfortunate that the director who gave us one of the best horror films of the year with The Conjuring is the same guy delivering the terribly underwhelming Insidious Chapter 2 less than two months later.
Insidious: Chapter 2 isn't as honestly terrifying as the original, but it rates as okay horror fun.
Not as good as the first film in the franchise, but it does a good enough job in continuing the spooky narrative.
Well, the gang are all back for a second helping of manufactured lunacy. Routinely, Chapter 2 tap dances to the tepid trappings of its conventional creepiness while never challenging the audience beyond the opportunistic reboot
Product placement is the most insidious thing in the movie.
A solid and entertaining sequel that not only maintains the high level of scares found in the terrifying original movie, especially in its first half, but also has an ingenious plot structure that makes up for its poor attempts at humor (which are always misplaced).
A second suspenseful instalment that doesn't disappoint!
Loved the first and loved this sequel, I love how they interlinked them both!
Again, it was pretty decent, and I really liked how it tied together with the first one.
James Wan still knows how to pull off some cool, if not scary, haunted house sequences. But none of the problems from the first Insidious have been fixed, and now the novelty is gone. Insidious: Chapter 2 complicates its scenarios with too much backstory. Its twists are predictable and the film seems too concerned with building a franchise than making an entertaining movie.
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