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.
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.