First things first. This movie is rated R. That rating means that if you are a parent and bring your 7 year old to see this in theaters, you probably need some counseling. This movie is by no stretch of the imagination “family friendly.” If Focus on the Family does a review of this movie it is going to get 0 stars for family friendliness.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie.
So what does that give us? Artistically the movie continues in the rough guerilla style of handheld camcorders and security camera footage that we saw in Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activty, and District 9. Good news for all you motion sickness folks, not nearly as wobbly as any of the ones I just mentioned. Lots of swearing and demonic/supernatural violence that will freak you out if you believe or are willing to suspend your disbelief long enough to sit through and even though the movie starts a bit slow, it’s still a fun thrill.
Theologically, however, I was left thinking. My wife tells me I think way too much during movies and should just enjoy whatever entertainment they offer, but this one really got me thinking.
The main premise for the paranormal activity (SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT) is that some member of the wife’s family a few generations back made a deal with a demon: riches for the first born male. So three generations later a male is born and the demon has come to collect. This is often referred to as a familiar spirit, an unclean spirit that is attached to the family line.
Can an unclean spirit attach itself to a family line and torment the family? Yes. Even a Christian family, although hardcore possession is another matter entirely. An unclean spirit can even latch onto a person by any number of circumstances for all that it doesn’t mean a set circumstance will always lead to demonization. But here’s the thing. The thing that left me thinking at the end of the movie and had me really thankful actually.
My God is bigger than any demon.
I don’t care what kind of demon it is, it ain’t got nothing on my Jesus.
Let’s face it, considering everything that Jesus did, the character of Jesus, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in us, what does a demon have?
Really. It’s only a demon.
Anyways, Paranormal Activity 2 was a fun movie and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice thrill and enjoyed the prequel Paranormal Activity. (If you REALLY want to freak out, watch them back to back.)