Me and My Nine Iron

October 25, 2010

Paranormal Activity 2 review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 3:26 pm

The more I think about this movie, the more I dislike it. It’s very gimmicky


with its similar format to the original. The only thing is, for the most part, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, is less scary and annoys with its lazy attempt to frighten with loud bangs.

A prequel to the original, we spend the beginning part of the movie being introduced to this new family. The “Nights” are much more tame in this 91-minute movie and really saves itself from being a bad one by unraveling in an intense sequence of events in the final ten minutes. I just shuddered writing that last sentence.

Notwithstanding the above, surprisingly, I got more freaked out at home than I did the first time and if you liked the original, it’s worth checking out. It ties in nicely to the story at the end, but if it weren’t for the hundreds of millions of dollars it’s going to make, it would’ve been better off leaving the original alone.

It actually broke the record for biggest midnight gross for an R-rated movie with $4.6 million, and after its opening weekend success, Paramount is considering a third part. Shoot me now.

Side note: The beard must be wearing off because I got carded for my ticket. That’s right, I looked 16 or younger. Sigh. I might have to do it right like Brian Wilson.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5




  1. You’ve seen my beard. It doesn’t connect to a moustache like Wilson’s or anything.

    Comment by Bryan — October 26, 2010 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  2. Chris, I love the first movie too, and I agree that the patience and tension made it what it was. Sadly, I found the buildup to this one ineffective.

    Comment by Bryan — October 25, 2010 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  3. Saw the first one again last night. Still spooked me. I think I love the movie. That’s why I’m definitely seeing the prequel. But I’ve heard mixed reviews. Some say it’s too similar to the original, using many of the same tricks, with more cheap scares. Others say it’s a better crafted “film.” What I’m most concerned with is “more cheap scares.” The pace, the patience it demanded, the atmosphere, the tension even when nothing was happening on screen was what made it effective. I’m hoping that’s intact in the prequel.

    And you have a beard?! Pictures. Now.

    Comment by Chris Le — October 25, 2010 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

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