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Grade B-

It’s a rare thing to have the sequel of a movie to be equal to or better than its predecessor.  “28 Weeks Later” is one of those rarities.

28 weeks after the outbreak of the “rage” virus that turns people into rabid, maniacal killers, an American led NATO force begins the clean up and reconstruction of England.  Displaced survivors are now filtering in to a large district controlled by the military.  But two children, a brother and sister, will enter the district and set forth a chain of events that will bring back infection, death and destruction.  Two U.S. soldiers (played by Jeremy Renner and Rose Byrne) have the opportunity to minimize the effects of the new outbreak; but their chances are slim when they are going up against hundreds of infected and soldiers ordered to kill everyone on sight.

My most memorable, movie moment of “28 Weeks Later” is **SPOILER ALERT** the scene when Renner gets out of a stalled car to push it — and those inside the car (Byrne and the two children) — to safety, while soldiers behind Renner are getting their flamethrowers ready to burn him and the car.

A few glaring shenanigans destroyed the A grade I wanted to give this movie.  1) a woman who is a carrier of the virus doesn’t have armed guards posted at her door 24 hours a day; 2) the lead infected has thinking abilities that are not present in any other infected, and the movie never explains why; and 3) a glorified janitor has access to the most sensitive areas of the military compound.  Still, “28 Weeks Later” is an above average horror movie.  Very good acting, direction and editing; a fast pace, numerous tense and horrifying scenes keeps the viewer entertained all the way to the last second.

— M

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Grade B –

“Insidious” left us with **SPOILER ALERT** the father, played by Patrick Wilson, having his body taken over by an evil spirit; and Wilson’s own spirit is in the spirit world through astral projection. “Insidious: Chapter 2” shows us a bit of the past to make sense of what we are about to see in the present, which is the matriarch of the afflicted family (played by Rose Byrne) trying to make sense of what happened in the final moments of the first movie; and her doubt as to who Wilson really is and how to keep herself and her children safe from all the spooks and her possessed hubby.  With the help of a medium and two bumbling ghostbusters, Byrne will be in the fight of her life as she and her family are attacked by evil spirits on two fronts: the spirit world, and the real world.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Insidious: Chapter 2” is the scene when we learn of the tragic origin of the “bride in black” spirit from the first movie.

“Insidious: Chapter 2” is a clever sequel that employs time shifting and spirits of the present visiting people and spirits of the past.   There are the usual cheap scares —  spooks jumping out accompanied by a loud noise — and the genuine scares that takes its time to develop and makes you wonder what the hell is going on.  Unfortunately, the bumbling ghostbusters (one of whom is Leigh Whannell, one of the writers) usually ruin the scary scenes with their comedy acts.  This is a movie that should be played straight, sans comedic, tension relievers.  Let the audience be tense, let them be at the edge of their seats; once you got them on the hook, leave them on the hook until the end.

— M

Grade B+

After a family (Patrick Wilson as the father, Rose Byrne as the mother, and Ty Simpkins as the oldest child) move into their new home, the haunting start almost immediately.  The attacks are focused on Simpkins, leading to his “coma.”  Byrne becomes the next target, hearing and seeing so many terrifying things that she is suffering a mental breakdown.  Wilson, not believing or not wanting to believe, moves his family to a new home…but the evil entities have followed.

Ghostbusters are eventually called in, and the prognosis is much worse than what the family thought.  Not helping matters is Wilson’s skepticism despite all that has happened; but he will need to believe and delve into his past in order to help save his son’s soul…and his own.

One of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Byrne wakes up one night to see someone walking back and forth outside her second story windows.  Back and forth, back and forth…and then the spirit suddenly appears inside her bedroom and runs after Byrne!  This made me jump and go “Oh!”

My most memorable, movie moment of “Insidious” is the scene when the red-faced demon shows up behind Wilson — don’t worry, I won’t mention when this happens.  This made me jump more and go “Oh!” louder than the scene previously mentioned.  Of all the scenes in horror movies that I’ve seen in the past two years, this one scared me the most.

“Insidious” stands well above the average horror movie; but even this one suffers from using cheap scare tactics (such as extremely loud sounds during the payoffs) in a few scenes even though it wasn’t needed.  I do give major kudos to the screenwriter for using a fairly original element in how the haunting started.  Bottom line: horror movie aficionados will enjoy “Insidious” and should try watching it alone and in the dark…but I suggest you wear diapers.

— M

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