The Nun 2 represents a slight improvement over its predecessor, making it somewhat more appealing for fans of the Conjuring universe.

Starring: Bonnie Aarons, Taissa Farmiga, Storm Reid, Anna Popplewell, Jonas Bloquet

Directed by: Michael Chaves

The Conjuring Universe has always been synonymous with big names and jump scares. However, it's no secret that some of its entries have been marred by a monotonous narrative. The Nun 2 transports us to Tarascon, France, four years after the events in Romania.

For those who recall the first installment, Maurice (Jonas Bloquet) was possessed by the demonic Nun, Valak (Bonnie Aarons). The second chapter picks up from there, with the Nun using Maurice as a vessel to commit gruesome acts in pursuit of a mysterious object. Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga) and Sister Debra (Storm Reid) return to investigate a string of killings involving priests and nuns. With a personal connection to Maurice, they embark on a mission to save him while battling Valak.

In comparison to its predecessor, the film has certainly taken a step forward. However, it still relies heavily on familiar jump scares and an excess of graphic horror, especially in the latter half, without introducing anything genuinely fresh or substantial.

Filmmaker Michael Chaves, who previously helmed The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and The Curse of La Llorona, continues to disappoint with The Nun 2, failing to leave a lasting impression.

Regarding performances, Bonnie Aarons reprises her role as Valak, but this time, the overexposure of her character early on diminishes the chilling factor. Taissa Farmiga, in the pivotal role of Sister Irene, delivers a competent performance, but her character lacks the depth seen in the prequel. Jonas Bloquet fulfills expectations with his performance.

While the film's narrative suffers from its pedestrian pace, the background music fails to bring a fresh and distinctive element to enhance the eerie atmosphere.

All in all, The Nun 2 is filled with the typical horror clichés, making it a watchable choice primarily for die-hard fans of the Conjuring Universe.

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5