BASIC INSTINCT 2

Sexual Mind Games

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Release Date: March 31, 2006

Starring: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, and David Thewlis

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 113 minutes

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Dan Taylor, President
MGM Studios
Christopher W. Aronson, Exec. VP
MGM Distribution
(A division of Sony Pictures)
10250 Constellation Blvd.
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Content:

(PaPa, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Uncommitted, but strong, pagan worldview about an evil femme fatale who pulls the wool over everyone's mind with her mind games; about 24 mostly strong obscenities, four strong profanities and six light profanities; one scene of excessive bloody violence when character's throat has been cut or stabbed and lots of other strong violence and images such as strangled corpses, fighting, car drives off road into river, man drowns, woman knocked down hits her head, shooting, and sadomasochism; excessive depicted sexual immorality includes scenes of fornication, masturbation, an orgy, and sadomasochism, plus explicit sexual talk; upper female nudity in several scenes and woman wears partial see-through blouses, plus rear male nudity during sex scenes; alcohol use; smoking and references to drugs, including drug is used to paralyze victims; and, very strong miscellaneous immorality such as lying, deceit, telling half-truths, psychiatrist violates professional oath, and villain gets away with crimes.

Summary:

BASIC INSTINCT 2 stars Sharon Stone as the ultimate femme fatale, a seductive, thrill-seeking mystery writer who ensnares a London psychologist in her sexual mind games, with murderous results. As a dispensable mystery thriller, BASIC INSTINCT 2 is mostly well done, but it goes over-the-top, including with its explicit sexual content.

Review:

The ultimate femme fatale returns in BASIC INSTINCT 2, starring Sharon Stone.

Once again, Stone plays Catherine Tramell, a seductive, thrill-seeking mystery writer with a penchant for sexual mind games and murder and a penchant for wearing see-through blouses. Fourteen years earlier, Catherine apparently had murdered a couple San Francisco policemen and gotten away with the crimes. The movie opens with Catherine driving a speeding car in London while a doped-up athlete arouses her. The car drives off the road and into the Thames River. Catherine escapes, but the athlete drowns. The system tries Catherine for allegedly giving the athlete a drug that prevented him from escaping the car, but the key witness has lied before, so the judge lets Catherine go.

Catherine teases the lead psychiatrist against her, Dr. Michael Glass, whose wife ran off with a tabloid reporter. She convinces him to give her therapy, but Michael keeps letting himself get deeper and deeper into Catherine's web of half-truths and lies. The tabloid reporter, who is investigating both Michael and the corrupt policeman trying to nab Catherine, ends up murdered. As other murders pile up, Michael suspects Catherine, but she keeps feeding him other potential suspects, and he eventually succumbs to her intense seduction of every man in her path.

As a dispensable mystery thriller, BASIC INSTINCT 2 is mostly well-written and directed, but ultimately too sensational and over-the-top. Michael's gullibility eventually becomes too unconvincing. Adding to this negative quality is the movie's explicit sex scenes and foul language. The movie also contains nudity and a scene of bloody violence that's also over-the-top.

In Brief:

BASIC INSTINCT 2 stars Sharon Stone as seductive, thrill-seeking mystery writer named Catherine Tramell. Catherine has a penchant for sexual mind games and murder, as well as a penchant for wearing see-through blouses. Fourteen years earlier, Catherine apparently got away with murdering two policemen in San Francisco. Now in London, she escapes another murder rap. Catherine teases the lead psychiatrist against her, Dr. Michael Glass, whose wife ran off with a tabloid reporter. She convinces Michael to give her therapy, but he keeps getting deeper and deeper into Catherine's web of half-truths and lies, despite a new series of murders. Michael suspects Catherine, but she keeps feeding him other potential suspects and he eventually succumbs to her intense seduction of nearly every man in London.

As a dispensable mystery thriller, BASIC INSTINCT 2 is mostly well-written and directed, but ultimately too sensational and over-the-top. Michael's gullibility just becomes too unconvincing. Adding to this negative quality are the movie's explicit sex scenes and strong foul language. The movie also contains nudity and a scene of bloody violence that's also over-the-top. Finally, the unscrupulous villainess gets away with her crimes once again.