The Descent 2

2009

The Descent 2

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56%

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34%

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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
    Top Critic
  • 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)
    Top Critic
  • 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

Audience Reviews for The Descent 2

  • May 12, 2015
    Part 2 continues the journey back into the cave (much to Sarah's dismay) The new cast lacks the dynamic of the all female cast in the first film, the gore was also insufficient. A surprising twist served well at the end but it still wasn't enough to entertain fans of the first film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2014
    "Well, we've lost 5 women down a hole here in the Appalachias. Only one's returned, covered from head to toe in somebody else's blood, and she's got no memory. My plan: we clean her up and get her to lead another team down the same hole, ASAP, fresh blood if you will, and we look for the rest. Who's with me?" People wandering around in dark underground caves inhabited by mutant cave ghoulies and oops, their flashlight batteries go out! Wonder what happens next? Same genre, more fun.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    I'm not one to ever feel that a bad sequel can ruin the original film for me, often though, I do feel as if they're a waste of money in the franchise. The Descent was a superb film, as all of Neil Marshall's films have been so far. "Part II" on the other hand, was one such waste. Sometimes in franchises, new people come in and take new direction, they maybe improve on the look of something, particularly as new technology is made available. Personally, I feel this should never be done without explanation (eg. when the TARDIS in Doctor Who changes, it's because the whole thing actually regenerates into a new form, they don't just hope we won't notice). The Descent: Part II, changes the look of things, for no reason, doesn't explain it, and they all look worse. It's like they tried to take this great British horror, then Americanise it (yeah, the original did technically speaking take place in the US, but I can't for the life of me figure out why, EVERYONE is English, in The Descent it wasn't a big deal, because the whole thing just felt British, but for this one it actually feels like they've magically teleported an entire cave system to another continent) and get rid of everything that made it worth watching. For starters, they took the main character from the original, and rewrote her for this new script, and made her completely unbelievable and annoying, despite being a great character less than a week ago (in set chronology). Everybody else is a new character, and they're all Yanks (except for one girl who is bizarrely Australian). They no longer have Craig Conway playing the 'crawlers', and the film massively suffers for it, they're just plain not scary. The blood is laughably fake, and the characters make unbelievably stupid decisions throughout. On the front cover of my DVD, there is a review that reads "Darker, bloodier, and even more claustrophobic". This couldn't actually be more incorrect. As I stated above, the blood is woeful, also, the film is brighter, they decided that because the creatures can't see, then they don't really need to worry about being subtle and the whole reason I found The Descent even mildly frightening was because of the claustrophobia, which this film entirely lacks. As a final kick in teeth, this film only works as a sequel to those in the US, not only because it's stupidly set in America (and rubbish) but because the only nation to get the ending in which anybody gets out in which this film makes sense was the US. All other regions had a different ending. I find it difficult to think of anything nice to say, but maybe that's only because I adore the original so much. Watch The Descent, everybody, seriously, watch it. As for Part II, very missable. Although maybe someone who hasn't seen Neil Marshall's The Descent would enjoy Jon Harris' Part II. But it seems unlikely. 28% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] As a gleefully gory and totally nuts and bolts horror flick, Descent 2 is everything that it wants to be. But that's less than I can say for the fans of Neil Marshall's jaw dropping, heartbreaking original. Now i'm one of them, I am in love with The Descent. I still think it's one of the ultimate horror films of the 21st century if not a great example of pure character emotions manifested by brutal violence on screen. The sequel however is expectedly dull apart from the final 30 minutes in which it practices what every other horror flick ends up undertaking. Crank the volume up and splatter blood in our faces. The original film did a lot more than that. It made us endure claustrophobia which has only been done cinematically a small handful of times before. This time the surprise of the first one has dissapeared and the nail biting silence and enigmatical horror is therein replaced with gory set pieces and a larger appearance of crawling creatures than the last film. It is less imaginative in plotting and weaker directed than it's predecessor with one major difference which eventually counted for little change in the story anyway. The most unforgivable trait however is the weak, uninteresting group of characters which in the original were much more fleshed out, likable and much more vulnerable. The way they were defenseless made the original work. The Descent 2 fails in this sense. It's definitely not the worst sequel in the world of horror but I would never watch it again. The problem is not that it's extraordinarily free of merit, which it isn't. It's the lack of justification for it's existence that bothers me. It adds nothing to the legacy of the first one and simply deserves to be forgotten by true fans. If you're someoene who never saw the first one and the various shots that it boasted which inspired such great awe, you'll see more in this follow up than the rest of us should. It doesn't help at all that it features a less than radical conclusion to the overwhelming story of hope, suffering and regret which was it's forerunner.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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