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Basic Instinct 2 (R)

Release Date: March 31st, 2006 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis, Hugh Dancy, Anne Caillon, Iain Robertson, Stan Collymore.
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones.

BASIC PREMISE: Catherine Tramell (Stone) uses seduces Dr.Glass (Morrissey), her psychiatrist, while being a suspect in a murder investigation.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Set in London and with only Sharon Stone returning in her juicy role as risk-addicted Catherine, Basic Instinct 2 feels different than Basic Instinct. David Morrissey gives a mediocre performance as Dr.Glass, Catherine’s easily-manipulated psychiatrist, who, gradually, becomes involved in the murder investigation. Meanwhile, Detective Roy (Thewlis) gets on his back, so-to-speak, and his life spirals downward. Charlotte Rampling, who usually elevates every film she’s in, doesn’t have much to do as Dr. Milena Gardosh, Dr.Glass’ mentor. Those expecting some strong sexual content, nudity, and raunchy sex scenes will be very pleased to know that there’s all of that, but with no point other than shock value. Of course, Catherine opens her legs in her trademark position. The plot has no suspense or surprises, especially if you’ve scene the first film already. There are only a few unintentionally funny lines in the screenplay written by Leora Barish and Henry Bean. On a positive note, the photography by Gyula Pados gives Basic Instinct 2 a very slick look with beautiful interior designs and stylish buildings.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Pointless nudity and no suspense.


IN A NUTSHELL: Slick, stylish and sexy but with unconvincing performances and an unsurprising plot.


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