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4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, violence and death...
Basic Instinct 2 is indeed a guilty pleasure. Absolutely trashed by the critics upon its cinematic release a few months ago, the film disappeared pretty quickly, but it's a lot more fun than you might expect, and Sharon Stone as the Machiavellian best-selling crime novelist Catherine Tramell really is a pleasure to watch - although it's pretty obvious the actress is...
Published on 14 July 2006

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad basically.
The main problem with this film was going to be trying to live up to the first which is a classic steamy thriller. This had too much to live up to in comparison but it still passes as an ok thriller. Not quite as steamy as the first, but there is some sexual tension between Stone and the detective. There are a few sex scenes but nothing different from most films of this...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad basically., 29 Sept. 2006
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The main problem with this film was going to be trying to live up to the first which is a classic steamy thriller. This had too much to live up to in comparison but it still passes as an ok thriller. Not quite as steamy as the first, but there is some sexual tension between Stone and the detective. There are a few sex scenes but nothing different from most films of this type. Stone does still look very sultry. The story is ok and as it progresses more plot twists come up with different suspects with various good reasons, could be the killer. By the end of the film you could be left wondering who was the killer and who used who as a cover up story. Overall better than a lot of thrillers but far from a classic like the first one. 6/10
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, violence and death..., 14 July 2006
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Basic Instinct 2 is indeed a guilty pleasure. Absolutely trashed by the critics upon its cinematic release a few months ago, the film disappeared pretty quickly, but it's a lot more fun than you might expect, and Sharon Stone as the Machiavellian best-selling crime novelist Catherine Tramell really is a pleasure to watch - although it's pretty obvious the actress is trying to fight the hands of time.

Some viewers might consider that Stone is a getting a little too long in the tooth to play this character, but I thought that at forty-eight her age - and her lurid type of sagginess - actually contributed to the authenticity of her character. She spends most of the movie spouting lines loaded with sexual insinuation, casually sitting around her pent-house London apartment in heels, tight skirt and full makeup waiting for Dr. Michael Glass (a very hot David Morrissey) to arrive.

The story is convoluted and not that believable and it tries to skewer the original movie whilst also presenting a fresh take on Catherine's murderous escapades. However, it's all good, sordid and garish fun. As the movie begins, Catherine is driving a fast sports car through the deserted streets of London, upon her climax; she crashes it into the river resulting in the death of a major sports star.

Roy Washburn (David Thewlis), a Scotland Yard detective with a bad attitude is convinced that Tramell, who managed to swim to the surface, was responsible for the man's death. She's got the best defense attorney her massive wealth can buy, so Washburn calls in top shrink Michael Glass (Morrissey) to run a forensic psychoanalysis that could nail her.

Of course, Doctor and subject form an attachment, with Glass becoming as sexually obsessed with Tramell. He's warned by Dr. Milena Gardosh (Charlotte Rampling) to stay away, but he just can't help himself. As the murder count piles up, Glass becomes increasingly captivated by "risk addiction" and we never know for sure who is murdering whom.

Sharon Stone is good as Catherine, probably because she knows the part so well, and lets face it - no other actress would dare to play the character. But the real discovery is David Morrissey as Michael Glass. His performance is much better than the film really deserves. He pulls off a multifaceted blend of conceit and scarcely concealed wrath whilst still remaining sympathetic. Thewlis is good too, nabbing all the best lines and sporting a bizarre Welsh accent.

One notable aspect of this movie is the slick and polished production design. In fact, the movie reminded me a little of the brilliant mid-eighties Kim Basinger film 9 ½ Weeks, which has many of the same qualities. Director Michael Caton-Jones has imbued his film a kind of trendy and urban architectural symbolism. Everything is slick and faux designed and London as never looked so fashionable and glamorous.

Glass' office is in one of London's new phallic steel-and-glass buildings, and the City's trendiest clubs and most modernized districts provide the bulk of the film's locations. These images are among the film's sharpest elements. The sex scenes are also quite well done - and are surprisingly hot; there's no doubt that Morrissey has the body to bear it all - although perhaps the lovely Ms. Stone shouldn't be showing as much as she does.

While Basic Instinct 2 obviously lacks the impact of its prequel, as a sexy and stylish thriller, it's still worth watching - and most importantly - it's entertaining. Although there are many mind-messes, red herrings and elementary guilt transferals involving murderous and closeted obsessions, particularly in the third act, the performances, particularly Morrissey's, ultimately make the film worth sitting through. Mike Leonard July 06.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phallic cigarette lighters..., 3 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Basic Instinct 2 (Uncut Version) [DVD] (DVD)
Catherine Tramell is living in London, and becomes the centre of police investigation when her boyfriend drowns in a car accident and it is revealed that he was already dead because of a drug overdose.

Police psychoanalyst Michael Glass is called to examine Tramell, and is intrigued by the seductive and manipulative woman.

On the other hand, his friend Roy Washburn is sure Tramell is guilty.

Tramell asks Glass to treat her for her 'risk addiction' problem, and with each therapy session, Glass gets more and more suspicious about her intentions.

As more and more murders are committed, including that of Glass's ex-wife, Glass becomes obsessed with proving Tramell's guilt even though the evidence is contradictory......

So what if the film is fifteen years too late? The first one was just for dirty old men who sit at the back of the cinema, it just had a little more kudos because of Douglas, and a certain leg crossing scene.

I for one enjoyed seeing Stone again on the big screen in the role that gave her fame, and the fact that it features scene chewer Thewlis, and the city of London endears me more.

Morrisey is fantastic as the troubled doctor, and even Good old Stan Collymore is in it right at the beginning.

The story and narrative are strange though, she destroys his life so she can write a book basically, but it seems a lot more confusing than that.

Caton-Jones makes good use of all the Phallic based buildings in London, and uses the locale to great effect. Even if the film is a little on the shlocky side, it looks amazing and very slick.

It's a fun little movie, never boring, and it's the best Stone has been in years. She's loving every minute of her screen time, and you know what? So did I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Risk not worth taking, 28 Jun. 2006
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Basic Instinct 2 (Uncut Version) [DVD] (DVD)
"Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction" is a perfect example of why sequels should be outlawed. And especially sequels with returning actors, because they keep you from blotting the whole thing out of your memory.

Though it took many years to formulate and approve the whole thing, "Basic Instinct 2" ends up being a messy, halfhearted effort that smacks of "direct to video." Except, sadly, it wasn't -- instead, it has been one of the most atrocious box office disasters of 2006 thus far. Both creatively and financially.

Novelist Catherine Trammell (Sharon Stone, still trying to revive her career) is doing 110 mph while having sex. They splash off a bridge, and her soccer star lover dies. In the aftermath, a court shrink (David Morrisey) tries to determine if she is sane or not -- and ends up with the sultry killer salivating for him as her next victim/lover. Take this as a warning, guys: Practice safe sex. By that, I mean don't date a woman with risk addiction.

Then the dead bodies start piling up around London, and it seems likely that Catherine is the culprit. Fascinated by Catherine, Glass soon becomes enmeshed as a murder suspect, and it means trouble for his ex wife and her boyfriend. Like Catherine's prior victims, the unwitting shrink is lured into a game of seduction and death.

The plot is too similar to the original for there to be many surprises in "Basic Instinct 2," although it's rather interesting to relocate the action to London. And as this movie starts to wind up with a shrink and a car crash, it seems that it might actually be worth watching while sober.

Then it deteriorates into a meandering waffle. Director Michael Caton-Jones obviously doesn't have the slightest idea where he should take this, so the movie just sort of ambles around aimlessly, getting more boring with every new scene. It almost resembles an arty French film.... except those don't have dialogue like "Don't take it so hard. Even Oedipus didn't see his mother coming." Ew.

Don't expect sexpottiness from Stone in this movie: her performance here consists mainly of posing. Trammel is supposed to be smart, charming and witty -- and Stone shows none of this here. You'd think she'd at least TRY to act in her "comeback." Yes, she looks good for her age. But to justify a movie about a sultry killer, the sultry killer has to be more than a pretty picture.

And David Morrisey gives a decent but pallid performance. The poor man looks utterly stupefied throughout the movie, and I can only assume that he's wondering how he signed on for this. A few other good actors -- Charlotte Rampling and Indira Varma among them -- appear, but don't really register.

"Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction" should have been light years better than it is, after a decade and a half of work on it. It may be a risk, but it's far from addicting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slick, Glossy entertainment..., 4 May 2012
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Robster (Preston, U.K) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Basic Instinct 2 (Uncut Version) [DVD] (DVD)
I wonder sometimes if the scorn heaped upon a film is actually the result of people conforming to what we think we " should " think of a film as opposed to what we actually think.
Is it now cool to be sheep and follow the shepherd telling us " that film is bad " etc..?
Are we no longer able to sit and watch something, acknowledge and watch it as part of a genre and review it as such?

Basic Instinct 2 is not as good as the original, but it is alot of fun, and, yes, Stone is all pantomime in her updated version of Catherine Tramell ( you do keep expecting somebody to boo and hiss everytime she pops up on screen, all Ming the Merciless eyebrows, sleazy walk and a smug grin ) but, she plays the part brilliantly, Stone knows what she's doing and she nails it.

The film opens with novelist Catherine Tramell ( Stone ) in London, and in trouble when a man dies in her presence, she is also researching a new book and after Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr.Michael Glass ( David Morrissey ) to evaluate her mental health, she begins using him in her seductive playful ways and they start a passionate affair.

Morrissey, for the most part, looks confused & bewildered, and that's the point guys, the character is being played with, manipulated and before our eyes, gradually becoming obsessed with a woman who, ultimatedly, he knows is bad to the bone.

It looks, sounds and feels like a glossy erotic thriller that we had floating around in the early 90's ( Final Analysis, Malice, Jade, Sliver etc ..all great within their genre! )
I watch films and enjoy them as entertainment, i can sit and marvel at The Avengers, be moved to tears at Schindler's List, laugh at Airplane!, be in awe at Star Wars, Jaws and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as they are some of my favourite films, and i knew that watching Basic Instinct 2 was not going to be a life changing experience, i watched it as i enjoyed the first film, and whilst it lasted, i found it, as an erotic thriller, top notch entertainment!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look At Risk Addiction, 22 Sept. 2009
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Sharon Stone takes up her role as Catherine Tramell - a woman who you wouldn't say is boring! She's a crazy sex-obsessed women who wants risk, and the danger of being arrested seems to make her tick. When she drowns a footballer in a high powered car, she has to go and see Dr Glass, a psychologist who's not far from controversy - and has to psychoanalyse her to prove she is not a danger to others. But, and this is a big but, Glass becomes too interested in her, and a lot of things happen which make him think did he make the right move?

This is one of the better sequels I have seen in some time, yes, it doesn't have the thrilling edge of the first instalment, but it's still very good. Sharon's still very attractive, and it's a relief they didn't replace her with a younger actress. David Morrissey as Glass was good too, he's got the right balance of doctor, and yet being an everyday guy just trying to do what he can. I was very pleased to see Charlotte Rampling though, as she's my favourite English/French crossover actress, and she's very good as another psychologist Milena Gardosh.

Yes, there are a lot of games in this movie, but this is one of the best elements of it, the over-laden sex scenes are sometimes a bit much, but at least they're relevant, and the whole film makes you think about what you would do if you were Dr Glass. The film also works well in London, though they did get a bit too obsessed with that Girkin building didn't they?

Well worth buying at this price though, very entertaining.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one but worth a look, 15 May 2007
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I've always had a special place in my heart for the first Basic

Instinct movie. Back in the early 90s, you didn't have instant internet

access like you have today. So the easiest way for adolescent males to

look at naked female bodies was to head over to your local video store

and rent any one of the broad selection of outdated low budget action

movies that were available to you. Needless to say those films were not

exactly top of the line material. But then came along Basic Instinct, a

film loved by male teens whose hormones were running amok, adults

looking for an exciting thriller, or just curious what all the fuzz was

about, and film critics alike. Basic Instinct was special because it

was not only sexually provocative (remember the interrogation and

bondage scenes) but also had a strong cast, a good storyline, well

developed characters, beautiful photography, fast cars and a nice

setting. It was a violent police thriller in which the central

character and main draw was a pantiless femme fatale with a taste for

all things extreme and directed by the accomplished Paul Verhoeven, a

Dutchman famous for making for harsh films with a touch of sexual

provocation. Fast forward to Basic Instinct 2. Whereas Cahterine

Tramell was the most intriguing figure in the first movie, she was

surrounded by other equally well developed characters. Nick Kurran was

the borderline cop, played by Michael Douglas, who became obsessed by

the beautiful and dangerous Tramell, Jeanne Tripplehorn portrayed the

jealous co-worker and Leilani Sarelle was Sharon Stone's lesbian love

interest, which pretty revolutionary in early 90s mainstream cinema.

The sequel shows Catherine Tramell living in London and that's about

it. Caught in her web this time around is Stan Collymore, a boring

psychologist whose life is influenced by equally uninteresting women:

the sexually unsatisfied ex-wife, a mother figure and mentor and some

kind of love interest. I suspect the cliché London setting and

subsequent cast of unknown actors was done for financial reasons. There

is not a whole lot to say about the story. The movie starts off with a

famous soccer player getting killed while he's making love to Catherine

in her car while she's doing 110 miles an hour in downtown London,

which is immediately the most exciting sexual scene in the whole movie.

There is one other where Collymore has sex with his would-be girlfriend

but that's a poor reproduction of Michael Douglas letting his

suppressed sexual appetites rage havoc on Jeane Tripplehorn. The other

erotic scenes are pretty lame compared to today's standards, especially

after such extreme opening credits and taking into consideration

Catherine Tramell's sexy outfits. Why would anyone want to go see an

erotic thriller whose love scenes are tamer than a Britney Spears

concert? Sharon Stone does look as beautiful and seductive as she did

in the first film. However, whereas in the early 90s Catherine Tramell

wore sexy outfits, made even more exciting because it was obvious she

didn't wear any underwear, she was still pretty elegantly dressed. Her

clothes in the sequel are designed for the sole purpose of turning men

on. So all in all, I conclude that director Michael Caton-Jones has

pretty much exploited the sexually provocative aspect of the first

movie (but not in a very good way, unless the unrated version features

a lot of spicy cut scenes) and neglected all of the other aspects that

made Paul Verhoeven's film so special. Is it any coincidence he's since

gone on to direct the critically acclaimed Blackbook and Basic Instinct

2 was nominated for worst film of 2006? So, if you were an adolescent

male in the early 90s, whose sexual fantasies where forever influenced

by Miss Tramell or if you just like Sharon Stone, who looks as good as

ever, go check this film out, even if it's just for nostalgia's sake.

If it's an exciting crime story you're looking for, better go watch one

of the other erotic thrillers Basic Instinct paved the way for, like

Body of Evidence, Disclosure or Sliver.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst sequels ever, 27 Nov. 2014
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The original Basic Instinct was a great film, but this sorry sequel suffers by comparison. In fact, even as a stand - alone piece of cinema it is rubbish.
This time out, Sharon Stone's character is up to her old shenanigans in London, and has her sights set on the excellent David Morrissey, who is wasted here.
Lazy script, cringe-worthy dialogue, and very unsexy sexiness aside, the biggest problem here is that Sharon Stone is simply too old to be playing a seductress, even a cougarish one. Sure, she looks amazing for 50, but that still makes her 50, so it's all relative. Seeing someone old enough to be a grandmother frolic about in the buff is embarrassing and awkward, and to see her wearing clothes designed for a woman three decades younger is just depressing.
Sharon obviously made this film for one reason -the money. Let's face it, in the few years before BI2, her career hadn't exactly been on fire; she'd been relegated to mostly playing second female lead, which is only one step away from guest starring on NCIS.
For those who saw the original and liked it, I would urge you to stay well clear of this 'erotic thriller', which is neither sexy or thrilling. What it is, is the movie equivalent of a once great boxer, now fat and old, stepping back into the ring when he's the only once who doesn't know he's past it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 13 July 2006
This review is from: Basic Instinct 2 (Uncut Version) [DVD] (DVD)
I was a big fan of the first Basic Instinct and after seeing the trailers for this I couldn't wait for it to come out.

Two minutes into the film I realised that it was going to be great, and what followed is the most thrilling, twisted amazing film I've seen all year.

The best thing about this film is the plot, it blows the first movie away and will leave you thinking about how clever it all is.

I work for a TV news station, the week the film was released at the cinema we had dozens of faxes from Christian organisations stating what a disgrace it was and generally slagging it off as the worst film ever made. Certainly in America the slur campaign worked with many people who had never seen the film calling it 'laughably bad'. It is a shame that the pre release anti hype gave this film such a bad and short run at the theatres when it is actually EXTREMELY good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HER POWERPLAY HAS NO LIMITS., 12 May 2013
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Well, it's obvious that BASIC INSTINCT 2 is much steamier then the first one. Sharon Stone once again proves that when it comes to a sexy mystery thriller, she has total control of her character as the mystery women. I myself admire her work in movies like Sliver, The Quick And The Dead, and The Specialist with her love making scenes with Sylvester Stallone. SHE IS JUST ONE HOT DIVA!!!
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