Script and Screenplay
First up, one must commend the unique filming style of Paranormal Activity 2, as the film has been shot with only hand-held cameras and CCTV cameras, thus imparting the horror story with a sense of reality. This, more than the story or the screenplay, excites and scares the audience.

Michael R. Perry’s story intersperses well with the prequel’s, especially its surprise climax. Although there is nothing novel about the plot, it is better than the original (Oren Peli) because it extends the horror to a whole family, an infant and a dog included. The screenplay (Michael R. Perry, Christopher Landon and Tom Pabst) builds up the narration in a step-by-step manner, taking it to its high point — the horrifying climax. However, in the initial few reels of the film, a few scenes are repeated over and over and might bore the audiences. Also, since we have seen the same cinematographic technique being used for many films (Paranormal Activity, Love Sex Aur Dhokha), some audiences, by now, might be used to this format of storytelling.

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Star Performances
As far as the performances are concerned, the actors deliver fine performances despite not being star names. Sprague Grayden takes the cake. Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim and Katie Featherston do well. Seth Ginsberg, Micah Sloat and Vivis Cortez provide able support in their small roles.

Tod Williams’ direction is the real star of the film. In spite of an average plot, he takes the narrative ahead at just the right pace to blow the audience over with his climax. Michael Simmonds’ camerawork is good and so is Gregory Plotkin’s editing. There is no conventional background score in the film except for Foley sounds.

The Last Word
On the whole, the story of Paranormal Activity 2 has quite a few surprises and that itself makes it worth watching. Fans of the franchise and anybody looking for some good chills should go for it. Expect an average response at the Indian box-office, as the film has been publicised well in the cities.

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