Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Grudge 2 (2006)

After the success of the first film, it was inevitable a sequel would emerge. Unfortunately, the non-linear plot devices used in the original get out of hand and make this second film nearly incomprehensible. From what I gathered after three viewings, the sister of the protagonist in the first film returns to Japan to bring her sister home, only to get thrust into the curse that has begun spreading outward from the haunted house. Meanwhile, an apartment complex in Chicago falls prey to the same curse after a new tenant arrives in the building. The convoluted plot immediately distracts from the otherwise decent acting and scares, since it is just far too difficult to track what is going on in what seems like 3-4 intertwining storylines. The ghostly spirits manage to bring more frights this second time around, however the images appear to have been recycled from the previous film and do not have the same effect in the end. There is also a strange backstory provided for Kayako that seems uneven and doesnt particularly serve the plot. The sequel is worth checking out, and lovers of abstract art might find the film more appealing, but it does not reach the same overall effect as the previous film.

Rating: 7/10.



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2 comments:

  1. I DID NOT LIKE THIS ONE AS MUCH AS THE FIRST, IT WAS STILL OKAY AND WORTH A WATCH.

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  2. You give this a better rating than I would have. The lack of clear story line just annoyed the h$ll out of me. I could not finish it.

    Cheers!

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