Sequels that pick up right where the first left off are always impactful and usually provides a strong follow up. The same can be said about Insidious 2 as it clearly revealed more to the Lambert tale than we could ever believe. No spoilers here just thoughts and reactions to Insidious: Chapter 2.
The film begins with Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) at the police station explaining to the detective what happened while trying to bring their son back from the spirit world. What the detective is interested in is the death of the medium Elise. There was a photo of Elise at the time of her death and unfortunately the picture shows something so frightening that Renai is now having doubts about her husband Josh. We then go to a flashback of a young Josh, Mother and Elise all trying to help Josh after Elise friend Carl needed help with the case. Things turn for the worse and then we are sent back to present time. The family moves back into Josh’s mothers house where strange things once again start to happen. The only difference is Josh seems to be the one being affected this time around.
Insidious Chapter 2 is a very well done sequel and is very smartly done. The way James Wan was able to take you not only back to the spirit world but also back to the first films events was incredible. The sequel seemed more story driven but there are a few good scares along the way. The key word being few as I felt the tension and grittiness of the first film was not apparent in the sequel. It did not turn me off from the movie but I think it will fans craving to be scared in every frame. Now I will say those who are easily scared will have no problem jumping at certain scenes but there is enough of a breather in between to not have any lasting effects.
The gem of the movie is once again the team of Specks and Tucker as the deal with the loss of Elise but help find the truth behind what’s going on with the Lamberts. Chapter 2 helps bring to life so much of what happens in the first. Chapter 2 is a bit stranger than the first but I think it works because it would be a little hard to explain the backstory without the weird stuff. I do feel you need to watch the first one to understand the second and I hear the Skyview Drive in is showing them back to back. That is definitely worth the price for that. i don’t feel Chapter 2 is better than the first but it is a great sequel so head out to the theaters and watch it this weekend!
Insidious Chapter 2 opens today in theaters everywhere.