The Descent 2

2009

The Descent 2

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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 take Sarah along as a guide. At first Sarah has no memory of the horrors that wait below, but the further the team pushes into the cave, the more vivid her flashbacks become until the reality of the situation sinks in. Now, the rescue crew is being hunted from the shadows by a whole new clan of crawlers that are even more vicious and terrifying than their predecessors. Sarah was lucky to make it out of the caves alive the first time -- will that luck carry over into her second descent, or is she doomed to die while dreaming of escaping into the sunlight?

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Critic Reviews for The Descent 2

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

  • Harris's direction is messy, favouring confusing set-piece scares over the all-important group dynamics.

    Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • It's efficient, and workmanlike enough, but the spark of inspiration that won fans for the first film seems to me pretty much gone.

    Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 4, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • as horror in the thrill-ride mould, The Descent: Part 2 certainly delivers cheap sensations aplenty.

    Sep 9, 2009

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