Day #148: The Pact 2 (2014)

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The Pact 2 (2014)

Synopsis:

[From IMdB:] A woman who is plagued by nightmares involving a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world.

My take:

In a lot of respects, The Pact 2 is similar to its predecessor. It has a similarly consistent build-up of tension throughout, which alternates between simmering just beneath the surface and erupting in scenes that tended to involve jump scares -some of which were genuinely good, but most of which were, well, the same old jump scares that we’ve all seen before.

This movie also has a similar look and sound to it. Muted colours and creative cinematography, combined with a soundtrack designed to jangle the nerves, go a long way towards recreating the tension that made The Pact as successful as it was.

Unfortunately, The Pact 2 somehow manages to be less compelling than The Pact, despite having a more involved storyline. It often feels like it’s treading over the same ground as the original movie in a paint-by-numbers fashion. This doesn’t make for thrilling viewing, and it made the one and a half hour movie feel like it went for much longer than that.

If there’d been some pay-off at the end, I wouldn’t care so much about this; but it just ended up being super predictable. Even the original conceit of the movie (that June was dreaming about the killings) was dropped early on in favour of a simplistic mystery narrative, with the movie’s supernatural elements being used to clumsily fill in parts of the plot, as if the filmmakers were too lazy to do all the work that was required.

Someone who hasn’t seen The Pact might find its sequel to be an acceptably middle-of-the-road mystery/thriller, but I feel like anyone who’s seen the original should just stay away from the sequel. Unless disappointment is something you’re into of course – in which case, hey, go for it.

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