Movie Title: Insidious: Chapter 2
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 46 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Because this is a sequel, this review will contain some SPOILERS!
Insidious: Chapter 2 opens with a flashback to when Josh Lambert was a child in 1986 and visits a scene that was discussed during the climax of the first movie. Elise Rainier’s murder is being investigated by the police and his wife Renai Lambert is certain that he did not kill her. Once the police clear Josh everyone seems content to twiddle their thumbs until the murderer reveals themselves.
Josh Lambert, played by Patrick Wilson, gets by pretty well for a spirit just removed from another realm. As we saw that particular Hellscape unfold in the first movie the rapid transformation from ethereal dead to living human being goes pretty well. However, that transformation is not quite enough to convince his wife that there is absolutely nothing wrong with him. He does things you would expect him to do and is pretty convincing to open the movie, but that, as usual, doesn’t last.
Insidious: Chapter 2 reuses many of the stylistic elements from Insidious, but doesn’t pull them off as well. The story meanders a bit and while it ultimately comes back together it is not as cohesive as the single minded linear storytelling of the 1st movie. The movie also takes no time whatsoever to start having next level crazy things happen. There is a piano playing through a radio followed immediately by full bodied apparitions. There is no slow build and the movie doesn’t maintain the same level of creepiness as the first movie does, which is not to say there are not frightening moments in the movie. Some of the editing is a little choppier and the sound quality, which was the bread and butter of the 1st, is not on the same level.
Steve Coulter is introduced as Carl, a new character that worked with Elise on Josh’s original case in 1986. He is not as compelling as Elise and his method of communicating with the dead through dice is not as compelling as Elise’s steampunk gas mask. Carl’s story doesn’t seem to fit at first, but ultimately they stumble onto something horrifying that explains certain elements of the first movie, and gives this movie a purpose.
While the movie is entertaining overall, it does require one further massive suspension of disbelief that is more significant than the first movie. I liked it. Ultimately, if you are willing to soak in the rest of the mumbo jumbo from the movie than what is one more leap onto the suspension of disbelief train.
The resolution leaves it in a precarious place to make more sequels, which likely explains why Insidious: Chapter 3 and the upcoming Insidious: The Last Key are both prequels to the original movie. Despite this the movie does end on a cliffhanger, albeit, not a very compelling one, that I don’t believe will be resolved in the series.
On the whole if you liked the first movie you will probably like this one. Insidious is required viewing for this movie and if you haven’t seen the original much of this movie will not make a lot of sense. The new story eventually becomes compelling and while it isn’t as good as the first it is still a good movie.
See it, if you saw the original and liked it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Time: 16 minutes and 23 seconds
Distance: 1 mile
I didn’t feel terrible afterwards, so I feel like this was a good start. I also walked another mile alternating between running and walking. I walked one lap around the block and ran the next. My loop is roughly .3 miles. I drove it in the car and it came out to 1 mile pretty much square. It is unlikely I am going to be able to run tomorrow as we are expecting anywhere from 8-12 inches of snow, so likely back running on Friday.