The Nun 2 Review: A Moderate Horror Sequel

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Director Michael Chaves takes the helm for the sequel to 2018’s “The Nun” with “The Nun 2,” which marks the ninth installment in ‘The Conjuring’ franchise.

While the original “The Nun” faced criticism from some quarters, it found favor with certain viewers, particularly for delving into the origins of the demon and the methods to combat it. “The Nun 2” arrives with modest expectations, making it a reasonable choice for fans of the first installment, but perhaps less enticing for others.

One noteworthy aspect of the film is its unique portrayal of the Nun as a malevolent entity, a departure from traditional depictions. This fresh perspective sets “The Nun” franchise apart in the horror genre, although it may still need to refine its storytelling.

“The Nun 2” relies on typical jump scares, which prove effective in eliciting reactions from the audience. While some viewers may find these moments genuinely terrifying, others might consider them formulaic.

The story continues from the events of the first film, with Sister Irene tasked with confronting the demonic force Valak, the Nun, at a French boarding school. The narrative introduces a relic with immense power, sought after by both Irene and Valak. Meanwhile, Frenchie, a character from the first film, is possessed and compelled to find the relic. Sister Irene is joined by Sister Debra in her mission to stop Valak once again.

The film maintains a brisk pace, with a runtime of 110 minutes, keeping the audience engaged. The first two acts are slower, but the third act provides a much-needed boost to the film’s momentum.

While “The Nun” doesn’t deliver groundbreaking horror akin to classics of the genre, it employs contemporary techniques such as sound design and intense jump scares to craft a chilling experience.

The performances are generally solid, with Taissa Farmiga bringing the innocence required for her role as Sister Irene. Bonnie Aarons’s portrayal of the Nun is suitably eerie, and Jonas Bloquet handles Frenchie’s character well.

“The Nun 2” is a serviceable addition to ‘The Conjuring’ franchise, prioritizing honesty with its audience over ambitious storytelling. It offers a moderate dose of horror, making it a reasonable choice for fans of the series.

Re-reported from the article originally published in Movie Talkies

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