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January 2nd, 2006:
After relocating from San Francisco to London, England, novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is once again in trouble with the law. This time around Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Glass (David Morrissey) to evaluate her. Much like his predecessor, Glass is spellbound by Tramell as he follows her into another one of her dangerously seductive games.What to Expect:
Directed by Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall), Basic Instinct was a mostly well-executed and highly erotic mystery thriller that toyed with viewers and kept them guessing until the end. It fell apart in the final act with one of those disappointing twist endings that rendered everything else in the film obsolete. However, it made its mark in pop culture history and Sharon Stoneís erotically charged performance turned her into a star and sex symbol of the early nineties. Her leg-crossing scene alone garnered more attention than anything else in cinema that year. The film even featured an excellent musical score by Jerry Goldsmith that got him an Academy Award nomination. Article continues below
Basic Instinct 2 comes fourteen years after the original, which is equivalent to centuries in Hollywood. Sharon Stone will be 48 when the movie is finally released and while I would say that sheís holding up well, itís clear that her best years, looks-wise and acting-wise, are probably behind her. She is no longer the starlet of the early nineties and her career has gone full circle back to where it was when the first Basic Instinct came out. With no other famous stars in the production, Stone is going to have to carry the film herself and I just canít imagine her as a major attraction any longer. Additionally, I have a small problem with where the original story left off. While her character may have been devious and manipulative in the first film, by the end we knew that she had committed no crime since the killer was revealed to be someone else. Basic Instinct 2 seems to have forgotten that, as it appears to be following the same storyline. Itís going to have to build up the same suspicions all over again which is going to be substantially more difficult the second time around.
So why has it taken fourteen years for the sequel to be made? For the most part, the project encountered numerous problems in pre-production, primarily associated with directorial changes and Stoneís indecisiveness when selecting her leading man. Many directors left the project before starting principal photography including Paul Verhoeven, Jan de Bont (Speed), John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator), and David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence). The sequel also went through its share of leading men, including Robert Downey Jr., Kurt Russell, Pierce Brosnan, Bruce Greenwood, and Benjamin Bratt, many of whom were rejected by Stone herself. The studio finally settled on David Morrissey, whose credits feature mostly British TV movies. Due to the lengthy interruptions, Stone even sued producers for a paycheck at one point. She had a clause in her contract that promised her a full payment regardless of the film even being made. The delays were so long that it became questionable if the project had been abandoned or not.
Everything in my gut, heart, and mind is telling me that this is going to be a total disaster. Yet there are some traces of life in the project. The studio finally settled on Michael Caton-Jones as the director. With above average films like Memphis Belle, Rob Roy, and City by the Sea to his credits, he is far from incompetent. The writers, Leora Barish and Henry Bean, have had a checkered career, but there is some good work in their credits. Although a trailer for the film is still eagerly anticipated, photos from the set have already been released. Itís hard to gather valuable information from a few snapshots, but they do present a cold and stylish atmosphere that would be terrific for the movie.In Conclusion:
It still remains to be seen what kind of an MPAA rating the film is going to get and if it will even cause any controversy the way the first one did. Those looking for a thriller filled with sex may be disappointed since this is not the same Sharon Stone. With everything negative going for the sequel, it is possible that a competent team could turn it around. For many reasons, Basic Instinct 2 should completely fail at the box office, but I can easily imagine a good marketing campaign. After all, sex sells. In the end, I canít go against my gut feeling that this one should probably be avoided.View Uncensored "Basic Instinct 2" Clip.
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