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Review: 'Happy Death Day 2U' offers more of the same

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'Happy Death Day 2U'

Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard in "Happy Death Day 2U."

A birthday is one of the best days of the year unless your name is Tree Gelbman.

Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is trapped in a loop where she dies and comes back to relive the same day.

Each time she comes back, Gelbman, with the help of Carter Davis (Israel Broussard), keeps her memories from her previous lives and tries to find out who her killer is and finally get out of the loop to advance to the next day.

"Happy Death Day 2U” is a direct sequel to the 2017 movie “Happy Death Day” and is intended as a horror twist on the 1993 Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day.”

This sequel starts off with Ryan Phan (Phi Vu) appearing to repeat the same day. Phan confronts his roommate, Davis, and his new girlfriend, Gelbman, about his déjà vu. Gelbman explains that she believes she went through the same thing.

Later it’s revealed that Phan and his friends’ have been working on a physics project that is supposed to slow down time, but it has instead been restarting time. Gelbman begins to gets furious at Phan and explains that he needs to destroy his project for this cycle to end.

When Dean Roger Bronson (Stephan Zissis) comes in to shut down his project because of power interruptions, a shockwave from the device pushes everyone in the room back and knocks everyone out. When Gelbman wakes up, she realizes that something is off. She asks Phan’s friends about her situation, and they explain the multiverse theory, and she might have been thrown into an alternative world. In this new world, Gelbman’s boyfriend, Davis, is dating Danielle Bouseman (Rachael Matthews), and Gelbman’s mother is still alive.

Now, Gelbman must decide if she wants to stay in this new world with her mother or go back to her old world where Gelbman and Davis are still together.

Unfortunately this sequel fails to further develop the returning characters, and the development of the new characters is virtually nonexistent. Some of the new characters, including Phan’s friends, Samar Ghosh (Suraj Sharma) and Andre Morgan (Sarah Yarkin), play a major role in the film, but are forgettable. The film does not give the audience the chance to get to know who they are or any of their backstory. The audience barely even knows the name of the new characters.

Although there is a small recap of the first film, it is highly recommended that one watch the original in order to completely understand this sequel.

This film was entertaining throughout, but it left the audience just feeling that, not amazed and not disgusted. Fans of the first film will love “Happy Death Day 2U.”