It's in your head...
The members of the audience are the only ones who’ve made progress since the original film. All the present characters are starting fresh. Katie Holmes is having hallucinations, and, knowing what we do, hallucinations are the only way the doll can turn its head 90 degrees. Hopefully, something supernatural will come up, otherwise we’ll have to solve the same mystery all over again.
I can’t tell you how this turns out, but I wasn’t a fan. Returning screenwriter Stacey Menear bluffs her way through the first two acts, and is obviously buying time. PTSD is a cheap plot device when it’s used to undo the events we take for granted. This is all Katie Holmes’ character is; a cheap plot device. As good an actress as she is, she’s an unreliable narrator in this story.
Now, the movie isn’t all bad. Most of the action takes place in a sumptuous house that looks great inside and outside. It gets you wondering what happens between its walls... William Brent Bell directed the first movie and is handling this one as well. He’s the best thing about this franchise up to this point. The overall quality wasn’t downshifted. On the contrary!