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Basic Instinct 2 (Unrated)
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06.26.2006 By: Matt Hosack
Basic Instinct 2 (Unrated) order
Director:
Michael Caton-Jones

Actors:
Sharon Stone
David Morrissey
David Thewlis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Catherin Tramell’s (Sharon Stone) at it again. All the sex and murder sees Scotland Yard throwing a stiff assed psychiatrist (David Morrissey) her way to see if he can tame her. I bet you know what happens. Get ready for BASIC INSTINCT 2: Risk Edition, I mean, Risk Addiction.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There is something about Paul Verhoeven’s original that taps into a person’s basic instinct…sex and violence. Most guys totally dig on mysterious and dangerous women and Sharon Stone’s Catherine Tramell in that film was a kick in the pants, especially seeing it at a younger age. But no matter what your feelings are about the first entry, I think everyone agrees that a sequel is a really bad idea. Just like they always do, Hollywood listened and they made a sequel. The man for this tepid job of directing such a film is British director Michael Caton-Jones who moved things to his side of the pond. I must say this was a decent albeit futile choice, in that the surroundings actually help the film a bit. Throw in a cool David Thewlis as a Scotland Yardie and there is an inkling of potential. No, the real killer of this movie (besides actually making it) is the casting of David Morrissey as Dr. Michael Glass, a mere undertone to Michael Douglas’ character. Morrissey emotes zero emotion in the entire film and looks like he has a brick up his ass 24 hours a day. I hated his one-trick character as well as Morrissey’s portrayal (though Morrissey can be good).

For a movie like this, you have to offer a good story and if you can’t you offer up lots of sex and brutal murders, neither of which this film had a whole lot of. In fact, the hottest sex scene doesn’t even involve Sharon Stone! Not to mention the fact that Stone is really getting up there in years, I just didn’t enjoy myself one bit. Now, if this film HAD to be made why not have Tramell’s daughter get involved in her stuff and thus Tramell has to come to grips with what she’s doing. As a matter of fact, just forget the whole damn thing and check out something else!
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Director Michael Caton-Jones > Mr. Caton-Jones is curiously missing during portions of the commentary, but when he does pop up he generally knows what he’s talking about and he knows who the characters are. He almost convinces you that the movie is good.

10 Deleted Scenes w/ Option Commentary >> These really aren’t worth the time.

“Between the Sheets: A Look Inside Basic Instinct 2” >> 11 min. > A quick look at the makers telling you that the film needed to be made and that they had some good “ideas.” I chilled when the started talking about part 3.

There’s also a crap load of Previews for stuff like I’LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. Yeah.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Just like getting involved with Catherin Tramell, watching this movie is a bad idea. It may taunt you with promises of thrills and sex, but just like my last date, doesn’t deliver. The special features don’t really offer much either. A lot of the footage floating around the Internet is curiously missing from this “Unrated” edition. If you want a good London sex thriller check out the masterpiece that is FRENZY.

Final D >> Check out something else.
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