Synopsis: The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, the terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Release date in Malaysia: October 17th 2013
Distributor / studios: Sony Pictures / Stage 6 Films, FilmDistrict
Verdict: This is a direct sequel to the messy and flawed final act of the first film… and instead of trying to cover up or tie up loose ends, it broadens the pool of confusion, plot holes, inconsistencies and unexplained issues. If you ever wondered why The Conjuring (from the same director & writer) received more positive reviews than both of these Insidious instalments, it’s because it doesn’t have any of these issues. On top of this, the acting performance is poor and the camera work, which is James Wan’s specialty, seems surprisingly lazy here. Originality: nil – Insidious 2 reminded me of the overused tricks of the Paranormal Activity franchise, the possessed husband scenario from Stephen King’s The Shining and the ending of Hong Kong’s The Eye 10. But if you simply ask if it’s at least scary, well then… yes but you’d have to sit through plenty of boring sequences and the dumber final act which suddenly turns the movie into a deliberate comedy.
Girlfriend’s opinion: “I hate it… it’s too annoyingly scary and disturbing!”
Malaysian censorship: When James Wan directs, you can be expect absolutely no bloody gore or mad violence in the film. Only one sentence is noticeably muted. It’s probably “fucking bitch” or something similar.
Rating: 2 / 5
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Plot holes, flaws, inconsistencies & WTF’s: At the end of the first film, Renai (Rose Byrne) saw the photo of the ghost who killed Elise (Lin Shaye) but later in the film, she seems to have forgotten about it completely later in the film ’cause she doesn’t mention about it when it could matter. Spirits in this film can simply touch anything in the living world so why can’t the evil ones just kill everyone in the movie? Why do the ghost-experts have to do so much to make a connection then? And instead of just playing the piano to reach out to his wife, why can’t Josh’s (Patrick Wilson) spirit just write to Renai or punch his own body (that’s hijacked by the ghost) until it shows its true colours? Let’s not even mention about why it takes Renai almost the entire film to be sure that Josh, her husband of many years, isn’t the real Josh. It’s not explained why the ghost’s mother killed her victims for. It’s not explained why one of the ghost-experts Carl (Steve Coulter) have psychic abilities but use it only once in the entire film. It’s not explained how Josh’s son Dalton could fall asleep instantaneously to travel out of his body and find his father in “The Further” (the other dimension). It’s not explained why the spirits of good guys can travel to the past and actually affect it. It’s not explained why “killing” the ghost’s mother of the past timeline (of “The Further”?) removes the ghost from Josh’s body. And if they could go back to the past, why can’t they just go travel back to the end of the first film and stop all these bad things from happening? And in the end, none of the ghosts killed anyone in this sequel which if they did (they had plenty of opportunities to do so), they would’ve easily won. Man, Insidious: Chapter 2 is fucking stupid.