Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell team up once more for a story about possession with this sequel to Insidious. I liked the first Insidious movie… it was mostly scary, which is what you want a horror movie to be. It was a shame though that the ending was incredibly lame with daddy Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) wandering off in another dimension known as ‘the Further’ to rescue his son. Insidious Chapter 2 picks up hours after where its predecessor left off with Josh and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) having successfully rescued Dalton. Their medium Elise however ended up dead and the police suspect Josh. He assures his wife he didn’t do it and that everything is fine… yeah right!
This time around it’s Josh who ends up being possessed by yet another pesky demon rather. While the demon scares the shit out of the rest of the family, Josh remains trapped in the Further. Luckily his son has the ability to travel to the Further in his sleep so he can occasionally pop in for a quick visit. That’s a good thing because Josh might be bored to death otherwise… the entertainment options in the Further are kinda limited with the place looking like one giant darkroom with a smoke machine.
The family can count on two goofy mediums for help but other than comedic relief, they don’t really have a lot to offer. Luckily they all get reunited with dead psychic Elise (Lin Shaye) so everything can return to normal in the end. Or can it? *cue Twilight Zone tune*
There still are plenty of scares to be found throughout this movie, but there were so many scenes that just completely defy logic that I found myself getting annoyed. You seriously want to make us believe that all the patient files of an abandoned hospital are still just lying there for everyone to read? A house really has been vacant for years with a bunch of corpses rotting inside without the neighbors ever complaining? It’s as if Wan is just going through the motions here and wasn’t really interested in making yet another horror flick. The fact that he’s directing the new Fast & Furious movie might prove that point.