25 October 2017 | sanjidparvez
The Charming psychopath returns!
Directed & co-written by Patrick Brice, in 2014 movie CREEP, we saw a videographer, Aaron (played by the director himself) takes a one-day job in a remote mountain town through a Craigslist ad where he meets an interested weirdo, Josef (played by Mark Duplass). And from their very first meeting, Aaron started to wonder about what kind of mess he has actually stumbled into! Duplass' performance as a very much likable but a totally unpredictable psychopathic killer was an absolute blast. But the thing is CREEP (2014) was that kind of a fun & intriguing psycho-thriller that relies & succeeds heavily on its uncertain turn of events & the unfolding nature of mysteries & doubts behind its characters as well as a final twisted, satisfactory payoff at the end. The original CREEP succeeded that on many level and become 2014's one of the finest genre offerings. Now, to do a sequel to a movie like that is always challenging & risky venture as the target audiences already got the idea behind its mysterious antagonist in the very first movie. In order to recreate the first film's unease aura of uncertainty and unpredictable flavor of the story, the filmmakers need almost a miracle to work that again for a sequel. After three years, the same writer-director duo is now back with that seemingly impossible task to awe the viewers again. And surprisingly they have still somehow managed to pull off a good & entertaining follow up here in CREEP 2. This time it's about Sara, an online video blogger who runs a web series called Encounters
where she meets estranged, weird men to document a glimpse in their lifestyle. But as nowadays our activities in the virtual world gets "define" by the amount of responses where like, share or no. of views somehow matters at the end of the day, it turns out that Sara is no different than any person we know who is looking for a big breakthrough but frustrated on her current low key status. Before call it quits, she decides to do one more episode and then she finds "Aaron" on Craigslist. Yes, 'Josef' from the original CREEP is now introducing himself in the name of his infamous victim of the first film. The chemistry between Aaron's unsettling but charming killer-instinct and quite calm & bold Sara was the real workforce for CREEP 2 and it worked beautifully for the performances that the respected actors showcased till the end. One of the most crucial & challenging parts for this sequel was its ending and as I still can't come up with a better one in my mind, so it won't be right to get much critical about it from my side as a viewer. Kudos to Duplass and Brice for creating almost an equally entertaining sequel where you may think you know the guy & his game but as a sequel it succeeds in every turn as it still able to baffles you on thinking 'what he or she going to do next?!'