For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Found Footage Movies, here’s a review of Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) by Damien of Flashback/Backslide
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Let’s see what Damien thought of this movie:
Paranormal Activity 2:
Coming just a year after the first Paranormal Activity hit a wide release, this sequel brings us back to a world of boring nothingness. Things start out on a positive note. After a supposed robbery, the family outfits their house with a bank-level arsenal of security cameras. At first this sounds like a great idea. In the first movie we missed a lot of the action when the camera was left in the wrong room. Now the movie gave a semi-reasonable excuse to ramp up its found-footage-ness by allowing us to see almost every possible angle.
But then the movie starts. And instead of solving the off-screen issue, it increases it a thousand times. With more cameras in play the film can conveniently cut away from the action to a separate camera in a different room, letting us imagine the scares. Just like the original, Paranormal Activity 2 forces us to watch (or listen to) people being scared more than it actually scares us.
I know there are fans of this series out there. And the found footage genre has merits and I’m all for finding new ways to tell stories on film. Chronicle and Trollhunter have been some of my favorite movies from the past few years. But part of why I loved those movies comes from how surprisingly good they are. They take a genre which so easily delivers mediocre films and uses it to their advantage. Paranormal Activity 2 shows just how frustrating and uninspiring the genre can be.