The Descent - Part 2 2009

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Sarah is the only survivor of an all-female caving expedition that's gone horribly wrong. Suffering severe psychological trauma, she's unable to speak and goes back to the cave with the rescue team. But events take a sinister turn...

Starring:
Shauna Macdonald,Natalie Jackson Mendoza
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Horror
Director Jon Harris
Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza
Supporting actors Krysten Cummings, Gavan O'Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Douglas Hodge, Nora-Jane Noone, MyAnna Buring, Alex Reid
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jess on 30 July 2013
Format: DVD
There are times when I can deal with characters who are idiots. There are times when I can deal with loose continuity. However I just wasn't able to deal with it in this film.
The whole plot effectively hangs on a rescue expedition taking along two clearly inexperienced cops and a woman who is clearly traumatised and deeply unwell psychologically. To a point I could understand a little why they brought the latter (ie. she's probably the only person alive with any knowledge of this cave system) along but the cops? And the fact that the leader of the caving people allowed one of these cops to bring a gun? (that ends REALLY well)
Now for the continuity: in the first one they establish TWO possible entrances (since this one uses the US cut as it's baseline I'm going with that even though I prefer the European). This one adds in at least one extra entrance. I think- I'm not sure; the continuity on the cave system is extremely lax.
The effects in this one weren't as good as the ones in the first. Some of the gore- and they really overdo the gore- is particularly jarring. Some of the parts of the cave looked like they were made out of foam and they were also too bright to be the caves from the first film. You don't quite believe that these people are lost deep underground. They also add in a nice little bit of toilet humour. Or maybe it was just the writers trying too hard with gross out stuff. I'm not sure.
This could have been good. The actors were decent, they just didn't have much to work with. I did like the scenes between Juno and Sarah. The emotional dynamic they have from the first film, and the dynamic of them both as people who will do absolutely anything to survive was interesting to see.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Sarah R on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
Take The Descent. Take away 70% of the psychological/claustrophobia scares, add 50% more blood and gore, add a bucket full of horror movies clichés and you've got The Descent Part 2.

I liked the first film; it was different in multiple ways, it didn't rely too much on horror film formula, the cast was all female, the fears were more psychological and slow building, and so forth. It tried something different, it wasn't a work of art but you can't fault them for trying something new. However when I found out that the sequel was based upon the American ending of the filming (as in the 'happier' ending) I had doubts...

The Descent Part 2 takes place 2 days after the first film; a local man finds Sarah, the sole survivor of the horror that happened in The Descent, and takes her to hospital. However the poor woman is traumatised and doesn't remember what happened. When the doctors analyse the blood on her clothes and realise it belongs to her missing friends, the local police decides to take Sarah back down to the caves to find out what happened, and hopefully find her friends.

The director does try hard to recapture the magic of the first film; with the tight tunnels, the fear of both the caves and the creatures that lurk in the darkness working against you. Also with the throwbacks of footage to the former film, the first half starts strongly. But the weakness of the movie shows towards the second half of the film where the clichés come to light. Some characters make stupid decisions (especially the male cop and Sarah becomes slightly out of character towards the end), more emphasis on gore is used to scare the audience, the creatures become over used and predictable, and the ending annoyed me!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By stephen on 16 April 2010
Format: DVD
Sarah Carter played by Shauna Macdonald has survived and emerges traumatised from her experience. And once in hospital is required by the sheriff to venture once again into the dark nightmare to investigate a scent picked up by a police dog and to search for survivors.

Unlike the first film there is barely any time for introduction to the characters this is just a bunch thrown together. Also she barely speaks for the first half hour apparently traumatised with loss of memory. There is the sheriff who is suspicious of her and maybe suspects her as the killer and also an interesting change in Sarah as she becomes protector to another woman with whom she feels a connection possibly because she has a daughter and she lost hers.

Descent 2 is about as decent a sequel as you would expect gore, some scary moments . But its utterly ridiculous that she would venture back into the caves let alone be asked to by police. The first descent worked because of a bonding with the girls and it was better paced with a better ending. This is not as good as the first but then what sequels are. It's more of the same fighting freaks with sharp teeth with anything that comes to hand. With a new bunch of uninteresting characters and a weaker ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
A very unsubtle average horror sequel which has jettisoned the first films claustrophobic tension building for generic in your face hack and slash gung ho action.
The Descent 2 features some pretty half hearted attempts at characterisation in miserable contrast to the first films very effective female group of friends; the cast are pretty much signposted as chow fodder from the moment they enter the caving system. The film continues on from the risible US edited ending which saw 'Sarah' escaping from the cave and driving off as opposed to the UK version which cut back to see her still within the cave detached from reality and in a psychotic state although at the start of the film she is at least depicted as being traumatised by her experiences.
In spite of her mental fragility, she is brought back to the system by a small team of cavers and law enforcement officers to establish what happened and soon transforms from a broken and traumatised woman into a capable, ruthless uber-warrior. The team are separated and picked off by those dwelling within the caves and didn't the director just love those severed jugular attacks! It was hard to tell if it was CGI but the spurting blood effects looked quite poor I thought and what was with the fascination of blood spurting onto the face and mouths of a search team member every attack? Every slaying set piece largely resembled the preceeding one and it all became a bit dull.
I didn't like the noise levels the things emitted. Their vocal range stretched from snuffling and squealing like pigs to roaring like tigers.
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