Review Date: June 17, 2002
Director: Morgan J. Freeman
Writer: Karen Craig, Alex Sanger
Producers: Ernie Barbarash
Geraint Wyn Davies
Does it entertain? Well, I can't say that I was ever bored during the movie, but then again, do you watch films in the hopes that they simply "not bore" you or do you actually want to enjoy them? William Shatner is also miscast and gets in the way as the professor. Why didn't they just hire a no-name actor for his part, so that I wouldn't get put off by the fact that Captain Kirk was pretending to be an ex-FBI agent all the time (who incidentally, was supposed to be one of the best agents around, but can barely keep his dick in his pants long enough to notice a serial killer on campus in this film). The showdown scene between himself and Kunis is particularly bad, especially its finale. The plot holes are also many, especially when you start thinking back and asking yourself how nobody could have seen this or that, or how she could have planned all of these things so perfectly. The narration also got "old" after a while, and I can always do without musical montages (aka lazy filmmaking). Actually, if it wasn't for the likeable turn by Kunis as the psycho-chick, I would tell you to skip this one altogether, but thankfully she's quite good in her role and easy on the eyes to boot (she also looks like Katie Holmes every now and again). So don't go in expecting the greatness that was the original, in fact, just pretend that this is an unconnected movie altogether, and you might enjoy its fluffiness and catchy score if you can ignore the obvious gaps in plot. No real suspense, horror, great dialogue or surprise ending either...but there is a whole lotta levity and some charm. Oh yeah, and worse come to worse...check it out to see how Morgan Freeman does in his directorial debut...just kidding!! (the name of this film's director is actually Morgan J. Freeman-no relation to the great actor)
Note: BTW, I knocked an extra point off this film's rating on "principle" alone. For Lion's Gate to tarnish the good reputation of the original movie by creating this ditzy sequel is something that I personally find despicable. Even more so because this film re-invents the powerful ambiguous conclusion of its predecessor, by telling us that Patrick Bateman was, in fact, an all-out serial killer. I beg to differ, my good man...watch the original again and don't go changing the history of a great film just to serve your own financial purposes. Sadly enough, Lion's Gate is known to bolster independent and artsy pictures, which makes their decision that much stranger all around.