While better directed & more compelling than its predecessor, with a genuinely imaginative use of colour & composition replacing Wan's more typical emphasis on badly framed wide-angle shots, disorganised jump cuts & "nu-metal" styled monochrome, it's still a film essentially about nothing! There's no real theme here; no subtext; no passion. It's just an extended tribute to horror scenes & images already seen before.
While it may be difficult to fault James Wan for his technique, as he is clearly a student of 70's horror filmmaking, I can at the very least criticize him for not deploying that skill in the service of stronger scripts. The long takes, the slow zooms, the Argento-esque lighting - they don't rouse as much feeling when in the context of a forgettable PG-13 spookfest aimed at multiplex-going teenagers.
I'm getting so tired of these new "jump-scare-movies" that it hurts. The first Insidious was forgettable with decent scares and the second one does nothing to improve on Wan's formula. It all feels like a bunch of jump-scares strung together by a paper thin plot that is barely an excuse for a movie. Wan does nothing to make us care for the characters, the score is boring and the production work flat.
Typical fare - most of the scares were expected but still fun, and the acting was quite wooden, but passable. Overall, nothing too amazing but there was certainly some moments of movie-making splendour. It sort of plays out like an elongated Are You Afraid Of The Dark? episode, in an endearing sense. James Wan generally doesn't disappoint, but he also doesn't deliver anything too exciting either.
0/5 the reason why i rated this one star is because i wouldn't be able to post a zero rating. this was a colossal waste of time and money, the story line didn't make sense and it had none of the charm that saved insidious from being just simply bleh.
The way Wan connected the story was really satisfying and interesting, i thought it was a good sequel. This one's direction seems better to me due to my adjustment to Wan's acute way of storytelling. Not really creepy as the first one because i also got used to the theme. Among these two movies, this gave me the hardest jumpscare, when Renai got hit in the head... That was intense for me haha
A frustrating and disappointingly scattershot sequel that feels like Wan is just going through the paces and it may as well have been directed by anybody. A mere trifle compared to the achievements of the first one and nowhere near as wonderful or frightening as The Conjuring (Wan's best film to date).