Review: Insidious Chapter 2
Action films dominated this summer at the box office. Now that the fall season is underway, it is time for a change of pace. That is where “Insidious: Chapter 2” comes in. Picking the story up a few days after the first film, the Lambert family is reunited with their son Dalton, who came out of a coma. In the first installment, Josh Lambert (played by Patrick Wilson) went into “The Further,” a.k.a. the spirit world, to rescue Dalton.
The sequel starts with a flashback of Josh as a young boy, and explains how he was connected to the spirit world. In the present, Renai (played by Rose Byrne) is convinced that paranormal events are still haunting their family. Soon after they move into Josh’s childhood home, her instincts are correct. From the usual haunted house scares such as doors creaking, toys making noises by themselves, and ghosts walking around, this is one creepy thriller.
As the Lambert family invvestigates the ghost who is haunting the house further, the more they believe that something is wrong with Josh. It is one of the more bizarre story lines I have seen on the big screen in a while.
The positives here are that the pacing of this film was well done, and the cast does an excellent job of delivering edge-of-your-seat thrills. I was quite impressed with Barbara Hershey’ who plays Lorraine Lambert, Josh’s mother. She did well playing the Evil Queen’s mother, Cora, on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” so it was enjoyable to see her get the chance to try to save the day.
However, it is not one of the best thrillers I have seen in my life. I enjoyed “The Conjuring” more than I did this sequel, though this may be because I have not seen the original “Insidious.” James Wan directed both of these films, and I think he has a very bright future with his next project “Fast and Furious 7,” coming next summer.
I give Insidious: Chapter 2 seven out of 10.