Well I just saw Paranormal Activity 2, it's pretty strange that im one of the first people to review it on this site when i live in NZ and usally American films come out like mounths after they are released in the States. Anyway i have to say that there's a few things good about this film but quiet a bit that's bad, and the things that are bad about it pretty much make the film a dissapointment especially when compared to the first.
So Micah and Kate from the first are actually on this eventhough he got killed and she turned out to be the demon all along. But the story is actually a little more complex then you would expect, on this film it introduce's you to Kates, Sister, her sisters husband, husbands daughter and son, and there Nanny. It starts off with all of them at the house and Kate and Micah are there too. This is actually set before the first PA, in Kates sisters house they have Security cameras set-up in every room and they like to camera each other with there Digital camera, much like Micah on the first PA.
Anyway all of a sudden strange things start to happen in the house, like random loud bangs,things randomly being misplaced, and moving and all that. The Nanny starts susppecting an evil entity in the house and tries to drive the spirits out and warn the family, but ofcourse they dont believe her at first and the Dad kicks her out of the house.
At first all the creepy things happen but the family doesnt notice it at first only we do from seeing the footage on the cameras, nothing really scary happens at all for the first half an hour it's just alot of talking and wannabe scary scenes. But then again they were probably trying to start slowly and build up the suspense, and trust me there's two very well done horror scenes in this film that i can recall after just watching it less then an hour ago but i wouldnt call this film overall scary, allthough it does try.
The thing i liked about it was like the first PA everyone acted like real people you could relate too so in that sense it was pretty beliveable . I liked the way they wrote the stroy, well atleast the idea too it was good. Like it's based several months before the first and like i said the two main characters from the first were on this playing the same characters and you see them in small parts of the movie, the thing is the same things were actually happenig to Kate's sisiters family before it did to her and Micah and as the movie went on it wen through the start of the first PA, im not gonna give anything more away there but im gonna say it was a good idea for the story to the sequel and the ending in a way was actually pretty good.
What i didnt like about this film and what i think makes it an overall average horror film, and a kinda pointless sequel is the fact that it didnt scare me. In my opinion the first one wasnt as scary as it was hyped up to be, and it only scared me the first time i saw it and only seemed scary in the cinema it also aint the kind of horror someone would need to watch more then once, PA 2 is far from a scary horror and since the first one was suppose to be scary and alot of people thought it was true fans of the first would most likely be dissapointed by this one. This has a more clever story then the first i guess, well pretty much but it's not as good in the sense of a horror film, and alot of people hate the first because it drags on to much and i would say that this sequel drags on about just as much.
The thing is alot of the horror scenes from the first are on this one aswell like the same random loud bangs and the over-used horror scene when a door randomly shuts, yea it was good when we first saw it but it's been used so much that you can predicate exactly when it's gonna happen well atleast i can and so could most probably anyone that watches alot of horrors. Too me a movie that's scary is a film that scares you and pretty much keeps you scared the whole time, this film doesnt do that i mean it's gotta be a very hard thing to do but still i was looking real foward to this movie and i was hoping that it would be even scarier then the first but it just wasnt, i mean that should have been the whole reason they made this right?
I was actually kinda enjoying this most of the way through , but eventhough it ended with a pretty imaginative and unexpected ending your most probably gonna fell like you needed to see more, i paid 16 bucks for this and i truly think it was a waste of money. So if your looking for a scary movie, this would most probably not scare you as in the whole way through like a good horror. Now im not saying that a horror has to be scary but the problem is when a horror tries as hard as this does to terrify you and doesnt then it more or less fails. Also since the first had the power to scare people and this cleary doesnt it makes it even worse...