Insidious Chapter 2 not disappointing
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
Before I start my review, I want my audience to know that they should see the first film before reading any further. Although the review does not contain spoilers for Insidious Chapter 2, it will have some spoilers about the first installment of Insidious, which takes place days before Insidious Chapter 2.
It’s not over for the Lambert family! Although Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) believe that they have saved their son, they are still being haunted by the spirits from another world. It is now up to the Lambert family to delve back into the past to uncover the secret that has left them connected to the spirit world, and save another member of their family.
Even if you have seen Insidious, I do recommend watching the first one again before going to see its sequel.
Because it picks up so soon after Insidious, the expectation is that you have the plot from the first movie and all of the characters still fresh in your mind.
I watched Insidious about a year ago, and I was still struggling to recall exactly how the first one ended and who was who.
Like most sequels, Insidious 2 tries to keep up with everything that made the first one a hit, although it does try, by keeping the overall concept and creating fresh new ideas, some of which I found to be really interesting.
It lacks in execution and does not seamlessly tie each scene together. While watching some scenes, you will have to stop and ask yourself if it was even necessary.
I cannot quite put my finger on what exactly it was, but I found this movie to be hardly scary with the exception of a few scenes.
The truly worst part of this film comes from the two ghost experts, Specs and Tucker. It seems like their only purpose in this film is to force comedy into the film where it is not required.
I loved the repeating Tiny Tim song, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” Sadly enough, they do not bring that iconic part of the first film into the second.
On some positive notes, I was glad to see that the entire cast from the first film had returned for the sequel.
Sadly, the other kids of the Lambert family are still practically pointless and have no relevance to this film except as torture victims.
I do like how the film transitions from the first to the second. It is one of those movies that you can watch back to back and think you are watching just one film.
I do appreciate that the films do not drag out the reveal of the spirits. I enjoy ghost films where you actually see the physical ghost and don’t just see shadows and objects being possessed for the first hour.
Though Insidious 2 begins where the first chapter left off, flashbacks help explain key information from the first film.
Also, the makeup used on the spirits and the overall look of the characters are truly terrifying.
While I really wanted to like this film, I was disappointed by the lack of horror and the poor flow. The ghost hunters, Tucker and Specs, completely killed it for me, with the over-the-top idiocy of the characters.
There were good aspects to Insidious but not really enough to have me leaving satisfied. I give Insidious Chapter 2 a lacking 2 out of 5 stars.