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

The Descent - Part 2

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

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 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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50 of 54 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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12 of 13 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 Northern Warrior on 13 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Hard to review this without spoilers... Anyway when I first read about a sequel to Descent being in production I'm sure it said they were going Aliens style with the troops going in and all out war against the crawlers. In truth, that would have been better to what we got here, a tawdry remake of the original with no new ideas. The movie supposedly starts off two days from the end of the previous instalment which straight away creates a paradox as depending on whether you watch the UK or US version Sarah didn't make it (or it was all a psychotic dream/she was killed in the car crash at the beginning of Descent) or she escaped and was driving back to civilisation.

At any rate, Descent 2 starts with a search party looking for the original group in the wrong place. Sarah, has suddenly transformed into an amnesiac, mute hospital case as opposed to the "survivor" from the first movie. Cue local stereotyped Sheriff who decides foul play is afoot and by virtue of a few contrived events puts together a smaller rescue party (who against all protocols fail to say where they are going) and head off for the real caves.

Except we find ourselves at an old mine which conveniently has a lift down to crawler level, protected by the flimsiest of wooden barriers (only slightly flimsier than the plot). Part of the appeal of Descent was the very real possibility that following the cave in, there was no other way out and most of the film revolved around desperate attempts as the light failed to find another exit. Descent 2 completely debunks that and there are a number of continuity errors with the location anyway.

These also seem to be some type of special luminous caves, in one scene the survivors are sitting with their lamps off and the whole place is brighter than Cheddar Caves.
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