Michael Marino’s review published on Letterboxd:
Lord have mercy but did John Krasinski knock it out of the park with this one.
It's ultimately one of those rare sequels that goes on to outperform the original in practically every single way.
What did it for me mainly was Krasinski's decision to bring out the original film's survivalist component and simply go fully balls out with it here to an absolute fucking T.
I mean, just the tension generated alone while watching one specific sequence involving the character portrayed by Cillian Murphy's character looking out at his surroundings through his rifle's little crosshairs, and the events that ended up unfolding during it (no spoilers, but once you see the film, you'll know what moment I'm mainly talking about) wound up making my back so sweaty that it was stuck to the auditorium seat recliner as a result of it.
And, sure, this exact scenario has played out in several other films that have come before it—but considering that I got to see this sequence play out on a movie theater screen and just from the state of mind of finally getting to see this movie now after a long 14 month wait.
But whatever it was, you could say that my adrenaline was fucking boiling.
Look, this is a movie that is set in a universe where absolutely none of the inhabitants in it can fart without perishing.
I honestly don't know what more is there to say.
The movie was simply so fucking entertaining to watch that it completely erased whatever qualms I had with it in the end.
Anyway, I'm excited to see what Krasinski has in store for us now that it's almost a guarantee that we'll be receiving a Part 3 that will very probably conclude this saga.
Huge congratulations to John Krasinski. And, while we're at it also, to Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds for all the great performances, they bring out here.
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