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The Descent - Part 2 2009

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:
Michael J. Reynolds, Shauna Macdonald
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Horror
Director Jon Harris
Starring Michael J. Reynolds, Shauna Macdonald
Supporting actors Jessika Williams, Douglas Hodge, Josh Dallas, Anna Skellern, Gavan O'Herlihy, Krysten Cummings, Doug Ballard, Josh Cole, Saskia Mulder, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Nora-Jane Noone, MyAnna Buring, Robin Berry, Adam Harvey, Nicholas Daines, Kengo Oshima, Teresa Mahoney
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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In spite of the adverse comments of other reviewers, all of which are perfectly reasonable, the plot is after all pretty unlikely, I still enjoyed round two of this glorious bloodbath as Shauna MacDonald's character: Sarah and her friend Juno, the only survivors of the first encounter, give it other go. In fact, I couldn't help but root for the ladies all the way as they hack and slash their way through the underground tribe of blind sub human cannibals in a desperate attempt to fight their way to the surface. I found it somewhat ironic that their male companions, for the most part, just acted as cannon fodder. OK, the whole thing is crazy, but this movie contains one of the best last stands ever filmed to my mind. Very scary but recommended if you've in the mood for a film where the ladies finally lose it with the creeps that stalk them and give as good as they get. But beware, this movie has a really nasty sting in its tail.

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