For obvious reasons, Insidious: Chapter 2 is not really a silly cash grab, it definitely got some intention behind it and in addition, a whole bunch of things to extend. So, if you're expecting a complete terrifying experience in the vein of its prequel, this may not entertain you.
*Spoilers* The movie opens in the year 1986, where the young Josh is under some kinda uncanny observation and after few bizarre manifestations Elise asserts that Josh is able to see things and people which belong to another astral world and later hypnotizes him to forget everything.
Returning back to the present situation where chapter one had originally barred, Reine (Rose Bryne) still experiences some kinda peculiar sounds and evil spirits wandering around. Josh (Patrick Wilson) is obviously been possessed by something and turns into an adversary to his own family.
What I really liked about the movie? perceptibly the story and the intent in extending the movie which I didn't really felt stupid while watching, clearly it was unnecessary but it dealt with something new and novel and did a great job in narrating the scenes which are co-related to it's prequel.
In line with my issues about the movie, the overall plot was mystifying, it tried to answer many questions which made the movie a little unclear. And the terrifying factor was a bit let down, the demons were not that petrifying when compared with the dude in red paint in chapter one.
Indeed, credits to James Wan and Leigh Whannel for shaping up the sequel really well, the sound effects and the set designs were really well used and I should really appreciate James Wan for making the movie with decent budget and with genuine scares which didn't seek for any CGI help.
Nevertheless, Insidious: Chapter 2 is a well extended sequel with few creepy jump scares. I've definitely got few issues with it, but it didn't bother me because of it's intent. I certainly recommend you to go check it out only in theatres, if you're totally aware of what happened in the prequel.
My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM