Monday, April 12, 2010

The Descent: Part 2

The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

The question with sequels is (mostly) always... WHY? Why make a Part 2 when Part 1 is too good to be true? I still remember when I saw the trailer for The Descent, I laughed it off thinking, "this looks exactly like The Cave!" but thirty seconds in and I WAS HOOKED. So first things first, if you haven't seen The Descent, run as if a zombie were chasing you (a fast one) and cancel all your plans for the day/afternoon/evening.

Onto Part 2. The plot is as follows: Sarah, our kick ass amazing heroine from the first film, wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of what really happened in the cave. The police are going to send a search team down to look for her missing friends. This right here though, is comedy gold - the Sheriff wants to bring Sarah down with them. Forget the fact that she suffers from vast amounts of post traumatic stress and that she doesn't remember anything (the other officer tells the Sheriff this), he thinks she will be helpful because when she gets down there she'll "have to" remember "something useful"! Good thing for the Sheriff that this is a horror movie, because indeed Sarah remembers how to KICK SOME CREATURE/CRAWLER ASS.

Blood blood gore guts bones blood, yes yes yes! Just like the first film, the crawlers are creepy as hell and the kill scenes are super enjoyable. We get to feel some of the claustrophobia that made the first film so successful. I guess that's what I expected coming into Part 2 - I just wanted to see more crawlers and more gore, so in that respect I'm pretty much satisfied. It was entertaining.

Having said that, the all-female cast and dynamics of the first part just weren't touchable with Part 2. We have a real jerk wad Sheriff here, and the other characters aren't developed so we truly are here only for the gore with no real interest in seeing them escape (except for Sarah, of course). And in terms of the plot, dragging Sarah down in the first place is a joke, and the ending of Part 2 really makes me want to smash my face into a wall. There are rumours that this will be made into a trilogy, based off of the success of the first two, but I'm thinking to myself, HOW? Or rather, WHY? Please stop ruining amazing films with bad sequels.

YES to creepy creatures/crawlers and good kill scenes, NO to bad plot and characters.

Overall: 6.5/10
Gore meter: 7/10
Scare meter: 6/10

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