The Descent 2 (2009)
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The Descent editor Jon Harris makes the leap to the director's chair in this sequel to Neil Marshall's claustrophobic 2005 creature flick. Sarah Carter (Shauna MacDonald) has managed to escape from the Appalachian cave system where all of her friends were killed by "crawlers" -- primordial humanoids who have adapted to living in the subterranean darkness. In hopes that some of the spelunkers may have survived, Sheriff Redmond Vaines rounds up his deputies for a rescue mission, and decides to
Aug 24, 2009 Wide
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Harris's direction is messy, favouring confusing set-piece scares over the all-important group dynamics.
As popcorn entertainment, it delivers, and should satisfy fans on all platforms.
Thank the sequel for underscoring, in its devastating mediocrity, just how great and special the original was to start with.
By the standards set up by its predecessor, it's a letdown, but by the overall standards of horror sequels, it's a complete success.
You can practically see the film trying to "color between the lines" laid down in the first film, but there's just enough freshness to keep Part 2 chugging along.
No one expected 'Part 2' to rival the original, but it delivers a fair number of scares while replicating the eerie tension from the first film.
You won't be missing anything spectacular if you don't catch The Descent: Part 2, for horror fans and those who enjoyed the original, however, it's definitely worth a go.
A claustrophobic, creepy popcorn flick that compensates for predictable scares with deliciously disgusting moments involving a whole spectrum of bodily fluids.
An uninspired retread of a horror classic, this tries hard to justify its existence... and fails.
It delivers the goods as they say. A third film is surely on the cards, no doubt in 3D. But in order to retain any good will, this series is going to have to do the one thing our Crawler friends have demonstrably failed to do. Evolve.
The first-time director Jon Harris recreates the sense of airless, claustrophobic panic that worked so effectively the first time around and cranks up the yuck factor exponentially.
It's efficient, and workmanlike enough, but the spark of inspiration that won fans for the first film seems to me pretty much gone.
The last half-hour is a tense team scramble to get out, and stay out, but the best move in this above-par shocker is digging right back into the claustrophobic emotional traumas which made Part 1 so thrilling.
At one point they even clamber over the corpses of the original film's victims to get to safety. It's not, on reflection, a bad metaphor for the entire enterprise.
The fact that she looks like Carrie will only serve as a reminder that they just don't make 'em like they used to. This is what you call 'plumbing the depths...'
Even without the original element of surprise, Harris keeps nerves jangling and leaves no stomach unturned on an unrelenting seesaw between uneasy silence and grisly bedlam.
Clunky start apart, an efficient, grisly splatter sequel that's fine as far as it goes, but doesn't go far enough. For best results, engineer your own memory loss before going in.
Competent film-making renders the film watchable but it's silly in essence and there's nothing the cast can do about that, however hard they scream.
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