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At The Movies With Peter Clease: Paranormal Activity 2

"Paranormal Activity 2" is one of those brilliant, brilliant films that cannot possibly be improved upon by any conditional situated opportunities.


"Paranormal Activity 2" is one of those brilliant, brilliant films that cannot possibly be improved upon by any conditional situated opportunities. In fact, as I think it over, it is one of only three: coagulate a bit, and the three be this film, "La dolce vita"--one melodic, melancholic composition of a life and life--and "2001: A Space Odyssey," which goes beyond the former film and instead concertizes the universe and, in a display of unparallel, ends in what may be art's greatest image. This film, though, is quite different, however, in that it makes a very good case for the worst film of this or any other year. --Ah, therein lies the difference. --Oh, silly me, there are a few others as well -- three again --: it is horrible. But why is it, then, unimprovable? Well, that would be because, in the 90 minutes it takes to end, there is not a minute, not one, where a clichÉ is not employed; and, of course, every second a clichÉ is waiting to be a clichÉ, a clichÉ sits beside another clichÉ, and a theme or character is beaten to death or hanged, similar, one thinks, to that of a death-camp, until it also becomes a clichÉ. Nothing is likeable on a very subjective level. Nothing is worthwhile on an objective level. Every character man or woman nitwit is introduced, I conclude, simply to be hated and to conjure a lust in the viewer for that very character to die. Never before in a film have I ever had the desire for a Nazi to appear, À la deus ex machina, simply so he could kill the characters--and if not kill, simply so I could root for the Hitler worshiper to kill the characters. If the Nazi were to designedly drop into the film, though, that would still be more subtle and more natural then the ridiculous ending that seeks to conclude this greenly maudlin mess, which has no point or purpose other than to "surprise" the viewer, which is not all that surprising. It certainly fails to be scary. --Casper is more frightening, even on a particularly bad episode--indeed, he matches the film's most terrifying set-piece: a pool cleaner! Oh, but it has excellent competition in that of a staircase (ah!), a few couches (ah!), outside pool scenery (ooooo!) and a side view of the hallway (ah!)--all of which, to inform you, will be seen as quick shots, a theme which will be raped, continuality, along with every other conceivable element of this devilish filmic disaster! which should damn every moron who participated in its construction. --This is what we call a de-recommendation or a rant;--or, precisely, a condemnation. Either way, may "Paranormal Activity 2" burn in hell!



O out of 5 popcorns.