blurb

Latest Movie News Headlines

Review: The Last Exorcism Part 2

Mar. 1, 2013by: JimmyO

PLOT: After surviving the tragic events that took place in the first film, Nell Sweetzer finds herself starting over. Soon however she realizes that the demon that once possessed her has more in store for the innocent young woman.

REVIEW: In THE LAST EXORCISM, we meet a nave and troubled young woman named Nell (Ashley Bell). Sheltered all her life by her father Louis (Louis Herthum), she became victim to a seemingly demonic force. Her performance as Nell was compelling as an innocent possessed by a monstrous evil. She survived! However so did the darkness that followed her in the first film. In the sequel, she is taken into a home for troubled girls in order to put her past behind her at least what she can remember.

The best thing I can say about THE LAST EXORCISM PART 2 is the fact that it avoided churning out another found footage flick about the same story. Director Ed Gass-Donnelly avoids the trap of re-exploring this world via a camera operator. We witness Nell attempting to start her life again and the people that bring her in and try and convince her that nobody is coming after her. Apparently none of these good folks have ever dealt with a demonic entity.

Ashley Bell once again breathes life in Nell. You would be hard pressed to find another actress who could convey the vulnerable state that she is required to do here. Her kind of sort of romance with a young man she works with named Chris (Spencer Treat Clark) works better than it should have thanks to her engaging performance (as well as Clarks for his limited role). Yet much like all the supporting characters in this sequel, he oftentimes seems superfluous to what is going on. This is a battle between Nell and her demon past, all others be damned.

THE LAST EXORCISM PART 2 attempts to rise above the first film and it certainly does on a budgetary level. Sadly, the story meanders along as we witness Nell wandering around Louisiana surrounded by people we dont care about. As good as her performance is, everybody else falls by the wayside. Theyre fodder and it seems as though you could have taken out several of the players and not felt a thing. In the finale, those that attempt to help Nell just conveniently show up and have no real substance. However the final few frames of this film are a tad better than I would have thought, especially after the poor ending to the first film.

Exorcism movies are clearly very difficult films to pull off. Aside from a very small handful, they tend to disappoint rather than really build tension. THE LAST EXORCISM PART 2 has a few creepy moments and once again features a very strong and interesting actress leading us through. It is a better film than it could have been thanks to Gass-Donnelly taking a different path than the original. There are a few jump scares yet it lacks any real momentum. It seems that they were on the verge of creating a sequel that is scarier than the first, but with too many minor characters muddling it all up with a meager payoff, it only amounts to an average and dull thriller thatll be a better bet for home viewing.

Source: JoBlo.com

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

9:37AM on 04/13/2013

Unwanted sequel

I actually enjoyed the first one, much better than those Paranormal Activity sequels.
Not sure we needed to see a second film tho.
I actually enjoyed the first one, much better than those Paranormal Activity sequels.
Not sure we needed to see a second film tho.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:51PM on 03/02/2013

ya fuck this...

the first one was a waste of time, it was laughably bad. This one look's even more boring.
the first one was a waste of time, it was laughably bad. This one look's even more boring.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:07PM on 03/01/2013

I'm still excited for it.

I loved the first Last Exorcism film. It was a very conventional take on a found footage film, but the ending that blindsided all audiences who saw the film, and divided them immensely, I found to be absolutely amazing. I loved it. It was so different.

I'm not a fan of the thought that they're making a sequel to it, but I'm willing to give it a chance. :)
I loved the first Last Exorcism film. It was a very conventional take on a found footage film, but the ending that blindsided all audiences who saw the film, and divided them immensely, I found to be absolutely amazing. I loved it. It was so different.

I'm not a fan of the thought that they're making a sequel to it, but I'm willing to give it a chance. :)
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:44PM on 03/01/2013

Did anyone have their hopes up for this crap?

This should have been a direct to dvd sequel... It looks horrible and even the first one was nothing special.
This should have been a direct to dvd sequel... It looks horrible and even the first one was nothing special.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:04PM on 03/01/2013
Actually, I think The Arrow WAS really looking forward to this.
Actually, I think The Arrow WAS really looking forward to this.
View All Comments

Latest Movie News Headlines


Top
Loading...
JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!