The pool. Â The kitchen. Â The front door. Â The babyâ€™s room. Â Get used to seeing security-cam style shots of these household vistas in â€œParanormal Activity 2.â€ There are a lot of them. Â
For those of you that are not familiar with the low-budget phenomenon, it is about a couple trying to discover the source of mysterious noises and oddities that plague their house. Â Little do they know that the cause of the sounds is something supernatural rather than a simple intruder.
Like its 2007 predecessor, the film is told entirely through the use of low-tech cameras, an unconventional technique that some people might not appreciate.Â Thatâ€™s not to say it gets as bad as â€œCloverfield,â€ with its shaky camera work, but donâ€™t expect anything great looking.
Although not over the top, â€œParanormal Activity 2â€ holds its own when it comes to scares. You will sit there staring at a bunch of seemingly unmoving objects waiting for something to happen and then â€¦ bam! The entire theater jolts and freaks out when something decides to drop. Â
If you did not see the first film, be warned that there is actually very little that happens in â€œParanormal Activity 2.â€ Â It utilizes a slow-burning approach that builds suspense over time, a technique that will be sure to bore and annoy some. Â
And if you did see the original, take into account that the follow up is essentially the same film with a couple more characters. If you liked the first movie, grab a bunch of friends and enjoy the frights of a film that is perfect to watch for Halloween. Â Â Â Â
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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