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The popularity and box office success of the Saturn award winner, provided the impetus to continue the saga, with Jon Harris who edited the first film, making his directorial debut. Neil Marshall who wrote the original screenplay is onboard as executive producer, but passed the writing responsibilities on to a team of three writers. What follows assumes some familiarity with D1, and will include some major spoilers, so proceed at your own peril.
The Descent Part 2 (2009) (D2) picks up shortly after where the first film concluded, with a bloody Sarah (Shauna McDonald) being found by a park ranger, and taken to a hospital with no memory of what has happened. Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O'Herlihy) suspects that Sarah may have killed her friends, and in a completely ridiculous move, forces her to join a group searching for survivors. Setting aside the moral and legal ramifications, a shell-shocked Sarah is present when Vaines, his deputy Elen Rios (Krysten Cummings), and three "expert" cave explorers, Dan (Douglas Hodge), Cath (Anna Skellern), and Greg (Joshua Dallas), take an elevator ride down an old mine shaft, and begin to search.
D2 does not try very hard to recapture the mood and atmosphere of the underground environment from the original film.Read more ›
The American ending of The Descent finds Sarah crazed and amnesiac with fear of her plight from the previous film, running to a rescue truck. During the time she and her team have been lost, the local sheriff has started a search party for Juno, who not only was left for dead by Sarah for her infidelity and a misunderstanding, but is also a senator's daughter. Sarah is taken to a hospital where said sheriff, Sheriff Vaines, decides that not only is Sarah a suspect in the missing spelunkers (for her shirt was covered in blood) but that she must go back underground to help locate them. Never mind the fact that this probably wouldn't happen in real life because 1) she's obviously hurt 2) mentally unstable and 3) uh...she has no memory, remember? Also forgetting the fact that it seems awfully coincidental that she happens to not remember that the cave system is swarming with cannibalistic creatures, we now have a reason for more bloodshed.Read more ›
Sarah in the original film (American version), escaped through a hole in the ground from a mountain side. In the sequel, they more or less threw that out, & pointed towards her escaping from a mining shaft. There were actions in the cave that Sarah said she did in the first movie that were not a part of the first film. Though to be fair, the camera was not on Sarah all the time in the first film. There were other tidbits here & there that did not jive with the first film too, minor, but never the less, not in tune with the first film. The cave dwellers also looked different from the first movie, while still convincing, they were a notch down from the original. I more or less credit this to lack of budget.
There is a lot of action in this sequel, many fight scenes, but they are no where as well choreographed & seemed in general much quicker, less intense in nature, though the gore level is higher, it adds nothing to the film. The acting, script, plot, & editing is no where close to the original either. Many of the characters just seemed to be cast in this movie for cave mutant bait, no real character development. Sherriff Vaines character was the typical stereotype of a dumb redneck cop. His character brought nothing to this film, other than stupidity.
I really wish I could say there were redeeming factors in this film that pushed it close to the level of the first film. The only scene I can think of is the last ten minutes in the cave when three characters are near the surface & trying to escape. This is the only scene that is on level with the original.Read more ›
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Picks up where descent 1 leaves off. Much like descent 1 but not quite as good (so one start less rated). Good all around adventure horror. Not great but a good time passer.Published 1 day ago by Bigger Jake
I personally didn't like the first one much less the second one. Movie drags out the storyline way too long, boring and so predictable. This was a waste of time.Published 1 day ago by Robin Barrere
This is a rare instance where the sequel is as good as the original. Watch Descent and then watch this movie.Published 1 day ago by Robin P Reinius
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