Basic Instinct 2 Reviews
On top of all those other things, countless viewers were already scrutinizing a sequel a whopping 14 years after its predecessor, combined with Sharon Stone being much older made the film doomed to fail. It will certainly be regarded as a career disappointment for everyone involved whenever they reflect back on their careers.
Yes, everything told to you about this film is true. In fact, it would be in your best interests to simply never watch this sequel. It certainly doesn't match up to its cult classic predecessor which is one of the greatest trash films ever made, and will only lead to heartbreak and bitter disappointment from fans of the original.
That being said, I had a hell of a good time with this wacky erotic thriller. It's not nearly as fun as its predecessor, but for a B-movie fan like myself, Basic Instinct 2 still provided the trashy entertainment that I sought from it. I found it to be a sexy, stylish, and hilariously stupid good time.
Catherine Tramell is now living in London, but soon starts up trouble again when she is involved a car crash. During the crash, her boyfriend, who is a star football (soccer) player, is drugged up while she drives at a high rate of speed. During the high speed driving, she also has him pleasure her with his hand and when she is about to climax, she drives the car into the water.
Her boyfriend dies, but it wasn't from the crash. He was dead before the car hit the water from the drugs in his system. She herself miraculously survives, but stirs up suspicion from the authorities who suspect more than an accidental overdose from partying too hard, especially as the drug in his system is used to paralyze muscles during anaesthesia.
To determine her psychiatric state before her trial, she is treated by psychotherapist, Dr. Michael Glass, who becomes intrigued by her, and determines that she has a risk addiction in which the only way her addiction will end is when she dies, as well as determining that she is a total narcissist with controlling tendencies and no concept of right or wrong.
Despite his court testimony, a judge somehow sets Catherine free on some implausible bullshit (Welcome to Basic Instinct: a veritable wonderland of implausibility) and soon she begins to see Michael more for therapy sessions against his proper judgment and he becomes obsessed with her.
Soon, he finds himself caught in her deadly web of seduction as he grows closer to her, and soon bodies start piling up. Slowly, his mental state deteriorates as this seductive woman drives him to madness.
The story is downright ridiculous. I know the original certainly required the viewer to suspend their disbelief as it too, was rife with wacky and outlandish moments. However, this sequel goes above and beyond its predecessor and drives full-speed into the depths of insanity.
In fact, the opening with car crash should give you a good indicator of the level of stupidity and cheesiness you are to expect from the proceedings. Also expect the characters to engage in very stupid behavior and questionable things throughout the duration of the running time, like Michael stealing a vial of something from Catherine's home and trying to submit it as evidence, despite issues with the fact evidence obtained in that manner is not admissible in court. Or, there's simply the fact that Catherine seems to get out of everything, since the law is virtually negligible in the film's outlandish plot.
Suspension of disbelief is an immediate requirement if you dare to watch this film, otherwise, your head will explode as it tries to process so much idiocy in a running time that nearly clocks in at 2 hours. Don't expect to take anything seriously in this plot. It won't work.
The acting on a serious level is generally pretty bad. But is it boring? No. However, I will commend actor, David Morissey, who manages to deliver a surprisingly decent performance with such a ham-fisted script to work with. His performance is probably the only legitimately good performance in the whole film.
That being said, Sharon Stone is still the most entertaining. Her performance is delightfully trashy and seductive in the best ways. She is an actress that truly knows how to eschew the scenery. She appeared to have a lot of fun with her role as a manipulative, narcissistic, deadly seductress and she is a blast to watch on the screen. She may be older, but I still love her performance and it easily my favorite in the film. Plus, I think she still has solid looks, including some decent nude scenes left in her (Then again, in terms of nudity, I've seen way WORSE in other films, so maybe whatever ugliness people saw in her, I'm simply not fazed by, because of the horrors I've seen).
In terms of entertainment, you should only watch this film if you enjoy trashy, hilariously bad films. Otherwise, you'll be miserable if you watch this film. It cannot be enjoyed on a serious level. I found the thriller elements hokey and satisfying in their stupidity, the sex scenes and nudity are trashy but still sexy, the car crash was exciting and fun, there's plenty of funny moments, hilariously bad sex dialogue, and more. That's where I derived the fun in this film.
Basic Instinct 2 is bad, but as a B-movie fan, I thought it was a good time. There's an outlandish plot to ponder and laugh at, the acting is bad, trashy, and features one good performance, Sharon Stone is still an awesome seductress, the dialogue is a real hoot, the murders are crazy and over the top, and there's more to find in B-movie entertainment.
Unless you like B-movies, stay the hell away from Basic Instinct 2. If you are a fan, you must watch it and embrace the madness, for it is sure to provide years of priceless entertainment.
The film is lack of thrills and steamy scenes so do not expect to see " the f@@k of the century ".
Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is accused of murdering someone via a car crash (how creative). This leads to her being in tangled in an affair with boring Psychiatrist Michael (David Morrissey and one thing leads to another and... seriously are you even interested? Yeah, you can pretty much tell one of the biggest problems with this movie. For a suspenseful thriller, Basic Instinct 2 is one of the most boring movies I ever seen. When I watched the trailer for this movie, I was expecting something ridiculous but exciting. However, practically nothing happens to make me care about anything happening in this dumb ass movie.
There is another side of the coin here as well. Somehow, someway this also tries way too hard. When it comes to the sexual components in the movie, it seems a lot more dirtier and really cheap. More than half the things that come out of Catherine's mouth is just nauseating. And really that's why Basic Instinct 2 really is a horrible movie. It has no idea what it wants to do and what it wants to be. Director Michael Caton- Jones and the writers of the film really liked the sexual elements of the film more than the actual story. That's why during the final act things become so confusing and ludicrous. The writers obviously wrote themselves in a corner and couldn't get out of that corner.
I don't want to spend too much time on the cast's acting skill in this movie. Sharon Stone is totally phoning in her performance while everybody else doesn't even try. The first Basic Instinct wasn't that great a movie but at the very least it was confident in it's purpose. This film has no identity and has no purpose. Basic instinct 2 is a boring, confusing,, horribly acted, horribly written and horribly directed movie. The only good thing in this movie is some of the scenery, but then again it can't save a mess like this.
Basic Instinct 2 is just dull. The entire film has a really generic storyline which is basically a rehash of the plot from the predecessor, and the entire time it is obvious what is happening. And so when the twist ending happens, viewers are likely to just sit there and say "That is literally impossible, the writing in this film is crap, clearly Catherine Tramell is obviously the killer again." The ending is an example of one of the worst twist endings in film history, and it is so unbelievable that it completely kills whatever enjoyment audiences may have been having up until now.
Anyone who has seen Basic Instinct will know the true nature behind Basic Instinct 2 and the fact that the killer is right in front of your eyes. And so why a film wastes its entire time with something that is obvious after the preceding film already did the exact same thing is completely senseless. To put it blankly, the film's title dictates that it a very basic feature and it is a terrible sequel to a film which was good, but not great.
Basic Instinct 2 defies what made Basic Instinct important and simply sinks into being another example of a terrible sequel. Basic Instinct was interesting not because of the plot, but because of the theme of how the protagonist developed a relentless sexual obsession with the manipulative Catherine Tramell and how he became less and less sane as the story unravelled and he became more and more involved in a murder case where she is the main suspect. In Basic Instinct 2, we see a pathetic protagonist who evokes memories of the character played by Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct and simply dissolves into the repetitive and mediocre writing that the film suffers under. The protagonist is played by David Morrissey who proves in his role that he has the ambition, but he just needs better material to work with. Facing a terrible character to work with and lacklustre direction from Michael Caton-Jones which essentially ended his career as a filmmaker, David Morrissey simply does all he can. He faces severe limitations, but he ends up giving a decent, if repetitive performance. Unfortunately, he along with the entire cast faces the weakness of not only poor direction, but a terrible lacklustre script.
The script in Basic Instinct 2 is memorable simply because it is too rude. There is too much course language in the film with the actors saying f*ck at every second from the start of the film, and then from there it loses its swearing but gains no intelligence and dissolves into an endless path of poor dialogue on a repetitive streak until the end of the long and boring 116 minutes have finally come to an end.
Frankly, practically everything is wrong with Basic Instinct 2. It is an unnecessary sequel which isn't nearly as sexy or thrilling as its predecessor, and it manages to top Basic Instinct only in having a more absurd plot than its predecessor. The writing is terrible, the direction is terrible, and frankly the film is simply set up to fail from the beginning. The only potential the film really had came from the quantity of nudity and the characterisation of its sexy antagonist, Catherine Tramell. So most of the entertainment in Basic Instinct 2 rests on how the film treats Sharon Stone and her performance.
The film doesn't treat her well because it barely offers her enough situations to show off her seductive and dark side at the same time, instead relying more solely on her dark character elements in a very repetitive way the whole film. The film barely gives her enough screen time as well, so it gets to caught up in its own senselessness and indulgence to really capitalise on the character it maintains that makes it stand out from other thriller films.
So from there, the only thing that has potentially in Basic Instinct 2 is the performance of Sharon Stone.
Sharon Stone's performance is streets behind the quality of her performance in the first Basic Instinct, but she does the necessary job to pass. Although, she does have some seriously weak moments. When Sharon Stone says "I'm traumatised" she shows that she is as worried as Kristen Stewart when realising she has run out of M&Ms. So that is an example of a weak moment, but as far as she goes for the majority of the film she does enough to pass. She debated with the producers of the film about how much nudity she should have incorporated into Basic Instinct 2 with it being her opinion that there should be more, and considering the fact that its predecessor was one of the most sexy yet thrilling films in the erotic thriller genre, it is only sensible that Basic Instinct 2 follow in its footsteps. And while unfortunately that is not the case, Sharon Stone is still very sexy in Basic Instinct 2. She doesn't have much screen time or show off her body much, but when she does it is undeniably sexy, and when that matches the darkly sadistic characteristics of her performance, the result is a sexually appealing and dark performance which succeeds even if it doesn't match up to the quality of her first performance as Catherine Tramell. While Sharon Stone is not at her best in Basic Instinct 2, she has enough sex appeal and sadism in her performance to overshadow the quality of the film itself. She has her bumps, but she is most definitely the best aspect of the film because she at least makes the film feel a little more genuine.
But aside from Sharon Stone's presence. Basic Instinct 2 is an example of a ridiculously senseless thriller which is short on erotic themes and insufficient in thrills or a sensible plot which begins randomly and charters through dull and repetitive territory until it finally comes to an end with an unsatisfying final act. Basic Instinct 2 is a bad film and an even worse sequel.