'Basic Instinct 2'
This was the movie where director
"Basic Instinct 2" is ludicrous, as well, but it isn't ludicrous enough. Screenwriters Leora Barish and Henry Bean and director Michael Caton-Jones don't have it in them to descend to the original's lurid, garish depth; that sense of sleazy, fever-dream insanity is entirely absent. Instead, "Basic Instinct 2" is ... respectable. Or it would be, if it didn't suck.
The plot is a sloppy reprise of the first film's, relocated to
Apparently, orchestrating the deaths of half the characters in first "Basic Instinct," and then writing a best-selling book about it, wasn't enough; 14 years later, she's just as predatory and manipulative as ever -- just as quick to light up a cigarette in a no-smoking zone, which is probably what got her driven her out of
In fact, she's exactly the same, repeating the pattern of behavior that ensnared Douglas in the first movie. Fortunately, Morrissey's character is practically a rewritten version of Douglas, with the same dark secret in his past, the same touchy relationship with an ex, the same cop buddy who constantly warns him about getting too close to the creepy murder suspect.
It's all so conveniently similar that one gets the feeling, about an hour into this basically boring movie, that Catherine has the potential to be one of the great franchise characters, like Pinhead from the "Hellraiser" movies or that annoying leprechaun. She could turn up anywhere, at any point in time, to wreak havoc on some poor sap, and then move on, unbothered, to the next challenge. Now, that would be a franchise worth following.
Supplements common to both discs are a fascinatingly wrong-headed audio commentary by Caton-Jones, in which he acknowledges even he doesn't know how the plot works out, and a rather ordinary making-of featurette; the unrated disc also throws in 10 deleted scenes -- including a ridiculous "wet" seduction sequence and an alternate ending that barely differs from the one used in the finished film -- with optional commentary from the director.
STUDIO: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2006
TIME: 114 minutes
DVD EXTRAS: French audio dub; English and French subtitles; audio commentary; production featurette. Unrated edition includes deleted scenes.
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