Sunday, 17 April 2011

DVD Review: Paranormal Activity 2

Rating: 6,5/10 - Above average

This is a decent horror movie follow-up that has a more interesting story than its predecessor had, and tries hard to be more entertaining.

Director: Tod Williams. Screenplay: Michael R. Perry, Christopher B. Landon, et al.. Producers: Jason Blum, Jeanette Brill (Line) and Oren Peli. Executive Producers: Akiva Goldsman and Steven Schneider. Cinematography: Michael Simmonds. Sound Designer: Mark Binder. Studio: Blumhouse Productions, Room 101, Paramount Pictures. Starring: David Bierend, Brian Boland and Molly Ephraim. Running Time: 91 Minutes. Age Restriction: R

Paranormal Activity 2 is more a prequel than a sequel in terms of the characters it deals with. This may be because the makers of the film had a much bigger budget than $11 000 this time round and therefore could develop a more complicated plot than the original film had. However, while linked to number one, number two could also work as its own separate film from number one, if people wanted to view it that way.

The movie is likely to freak most viewers out, even those who are hard to scare. It isn't a fresh take on the horror genre but it makes more of the Paranormal Activity 1gimmicks, which is fun.

I would rather not go into plot details as this would ruin the impact of this film. It has a plot but any description may give keys to the secrets of the story away.

Nevertheless, basic plot aside, Paranormal Activity 2 is ultimately a bunch of shock moments, in line with a reality television style.

My advice: Watch the film at night, by yourself, and buy into the film's premise. It will then make you feel something and be worth your time.

Alistair Anderson

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