I saw Tod Williams' Paranormal Activity 2 last Friday and I found it creepy and effective just like the first, but more in a "been there, done that" sort of way.
It's shot and composed very much in the spirit of the original, takes its time getting to the meat of things and throws a few wrinkles in for good measure, but if you're asking me, it doesn't shake things up enough and lives firmly in the shadow of its predecessor for the entirety.
Doors creak open, Google searches are made and all manner of things go bump in the night, but with the exception of those pesky kitchen drawers, there isn't a trick up its sleeve that skews from the realm of predictability.
With Oren Peli's micro-budgeted original, the strange, paranormal occurrences were frighteningly real and yet obscure, occasionally blurring the line between night-lensed mockumentary and startling lost footage. It was a discovery, an effective flash in the pan - here, it hardly makes a spark. [C]