The Descent 2
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It delivers the goods as they say. A third film is surely on the cards, no doubt in 3D. But in order to retain any good will, this series is going to have to do the one thing our Crawler friends have demonstrably failed to do. Evolve.
With its back-and-forth plot pointing, illogical leaps in pragmatic believability, and a finale that flips a big fat middle finger at anyone who invested 90 minutes in this junk, The Descent 2 cannot hold a miner's candle to the original.
No one expected 'Part 2' to rival the original, but it delivers a fair number of scares while replicating the eerie tension from the first film.
By the standards set up by its predecessor, it's a letdown, but by the overall standards of horror sequels, it's a complete success.
As popcorn entertainment, it delivers, and should satisfy fans on all platforms.
An uninspired retread of a horror classic, this tries hard to justify its existence... and fails.
Harris's direction is messy, favouring confusing set-piece scares over the all-important group dynamics.
You won't be missing anything spectacular if you don't catch The Descent: Part 2, for horror fans and those who enjoyed the original, however, it's definitely worth a go.
You can practically see the film trying to "color between the lines" laid down in the first film, but there's just enough freshness to keep Part 2 chugging along.
I was ready to accept the fact that this sequel picks up where the US edited version of the first film left off, instead of the amazing uncut one. But nothing can make me forgive the heavy-handed direction or the lack of inspiration in this silly horror movie.
Cast: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Krysten Cummings, Gavan O'Herlihy, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Douglas Hodge, Doug Ballard, MyAnna Buring, Axelle Carolyn Director: Jon Harris Summary: In this gruesome thriller, blood-drenched Sarah Carter (Shauna MacDonald) surfaces as the lone escapee from the savage cave-dwelling Crawlers that terrorized her and five others. Traumatized and unable to explain the nightmare, she must return to help find her friends. But it's not long before the search team becomes the Crawlers' fresh prey. And Sarah once again battles to cheat death, as she clings to the hope that her friends are alive. My Thoughts: "It's a good sequel considering most sequel's are pretty bad. I just felt it was more of the same that happened in the first movie. You know what's going to happen when they all squirm their way through the cave. I liked the first one a bit better. The story was just more interesting to watch, and their was still suspense. This one's characters were kind of bland and the cops were annoying. The ending was different and unexplained which hopefully doesn't lead to a third one of these. They all start looking the same after the first two. But definitely a strong sequel and worth the watch."
Well, what can I say? I hated the first film and, with this being a sequel, I didn't expect much of "The De2cent" at all. It's just the same stuff all over again yet even weaker as if that was even possible. I'm glad that I only rented this one through Netflix and didn't buy it. I know I'm going to get branded as a "Negative Nancy" over my recent batch of reviews even though it's not as if I hate everything but, honestly, this was truly awful. At least there was some sense of reason, slim as it was, to the first film but nothing in the sequel made any sense. Why was Sarah (yes, I got her name now!) taken back into the caverns which she escaped from? Don't you think she would have spent a considerable time recovering in hospital and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder for the rest of her life if any of this was real? And why was this all based on the American theatrical ending rather than the British version where she never escaped the caverns in the first place? I was expecting some big twist like another dream sequence at the end to finally wrap this up. Maybe having Sarah in an asylum like the girl from "High Tension" or even taking her right back to the white water rafting accident and having her wake up from being knocked out to discover that everything was just a nightmare would have worked. I think I need to become a screenwriter as clearly nobody involved in this shoddy production had a clue. As much as I really want to do nothing but tear this film apart for all its plotholes, feeble dialogue, lack of atmosphere, credible sympathetic characters or pathetically unrealistic special effects, I'll leave those things to anybody who even cares. What disturbed me the most about "The De2cent" was the reappearance of the annoying Juno character (not Ellen Page) who miraculously survived being killed by hordes of CHUDs in the first film to become a completely different kind of badass character altogether. You can imagine the obvious expletives which I let fly at the TV screen at that point but suffice it to say that the acronym "WTF" will do. I'm over it now because at least she was the best looking female in either film even if she never delivered the goods in the way I would have preferred. As a Classically trained movie reviewer, I'm always looking for consistent characterisation, unity of time and place, and any kind of catharsis. "The De2cent" had even less of these things than "The Descent"! If you try and watch both films back to back as I did then everything falls apart completely. "The De2cent" is supposed to be a continuation rather than a sequel but it disregarded so much of the first part that it felt like a vastly inferior remake. Even with Sarah suffering from amnesia her actions made no sense whatsoever and, as much as I paid attention, nor did anyone else's. For instance, why could three grown women not manage to pull the Colonel Sanders lookalike back out of the hole instead of chopping his finger lickin' hand off? Was it just to add some more unrealistic gore to an already totally implausible story? Funny coloured blood and multiple hacks aside, I did somewhat enjoy that moment though. There were some things that I liked about "The De2cent" but they were very few and far between. The jump scares varied from irritating to effective but the gory set pieces seemed to work. It was just a pity that the rest of this story was wrapped around them. I'm probably a complete contrarian because I preferred the abundance of light in the new cavern set to the darkness of the old one. It's nice to be able to see what's going on and I hate watching anything that leaves 90% of my TV screen completely black. The supposed claustrophobia which lots of people felt watching the original didn't work for me anyway especially as I watch everything on a massive widescreen LCD TV in the first place. One thing that's puzzled me about the CHUDs (or "crawlers" as they are called in the credits) is how, by relying on all their senses other than vision, they can tell the difference between themselves, noises made by each other, and anything else which screams laziness on the part of the writers. I remember from the first film how one of them had his hand right on the head of one of the girls and didn't notice yet all anyone has to do is make a small noise and dozens of CHUDs appear. Why don't the CHUDs attack each other if they are so stupid? More importantly, why do I even care? Perhaps it's because they have no real backstory. Since I don't believe in evolution, I'm tempted to think that they are creations of some sort and, furthermore, some kind of scientific creation which will have more light shed on it in the next sequel. Oh, yes, there will be a "Part 3". According to the forum on the ultra-reliable IMDb, it's already been filmed. If "The Descent" doesn't actually turn into a trilogy then the ending of "Part 2" made absolutely no sense at all especially if you try and tie it up with its own beginning. Of course it could just be completely ignored like they used to do with the cliffhangers of RKO serial plays back in the 1930s especially as that's exactly what happened with this sequel. I don't really care one way or another. If I had my "drothers" as they say in New York, then this series would end right here but I fear the worst is yet to come.
"This is a missing person's case. What the hell you think you're gonna find down there?" Others may disagree, but this reviewer found 2005's The Descent to be utterly superb; masterfully made, intensely scary, claustrophobic, and affecting. Of course, in Hollywood it's popular practise to produce sequels to acclaimed films, and thus the inevitable The Descent: Part 2 has arrived four years after its predecessor scared the living daylights out of movie-goers. For lack of better word, The Descent: Part 2 is a sequel in the truest sense: it's more Americanised, less subtle, and much gorier. Instead of concentrating on characters and atmosphere, the makers of this follow-up have simply resorted to cranking up the gore and foregrounding the cave-dwelling crawlers. In fact, a sequel's existence is illogical since, in the original UK ending of the first film, there were no survivors. The American version of The Descent, though, was re-edited to facilitate a different conclusion, and the sequel follows on from this ending. As The Descent: Part 2 commences, Sarah (Macdonald) is found bruised and bloodied after her terrifying ordeal but, conveniently, is now an amnesiac with no memory of the tragic caving trip. While searching for the rest of the girls in the area from which Sarah emerged, a tracker dog leads investigators to an abandoned mining church, which conveniently has an old yet still functioning elevator shaft leading down into the abyss. The local sheriff (O'Herlihy) insists on bringing Sarah down into the cave system to uncover the truth of what happened to the women. Of course, the logic of dragging Sarah along is ridiculous, and this the first of many things which are difficult to swallow in the film. It's not long before boulders come crashing down, the proverbial blind carnivores swarm in, the team are hunted and they eventually deduce that keeping quiet is their only true survival tool. I'll start with the positives of The Descent: Part 2. For a moderately low-budgeted horror movie, it looks good, with convincing set design and handsome cinematography. Director John Harris (whose usual day job is as editor extraordinaire) acquitted himself competently with the set-pieces, and injected enough energy into the fights to suggest he deserves the chance to direct more movies. There are moments of real tension, too, which is almost unheard of in a horror sequel. 85% of the time, the scares are obvious (some are lazily recycled from the original film), but there are a few jump moments which work. Moving onto the bad... Unfortunately, the writer-director of The Descent, Neil Marshall, did not to sign up for the same duties on this sequel, and his replacements aren't nearly as skilled. The Descent: Part 2 is infused with a basic plot which feels directly lifted from 1986's Aliens, with Sarah being unwillingly taken back to face a nightmarish foe by people who believe they know better. Additionally, similar to Aliens, new things are revealed about how the crawlers live, and a bigger version of a crawler appears towards the end. Unfortunately, whereas Aliens was an exceptional film which surpassed its predecessor, The Descent: Part 2 lacks gravitas and skill. The script is generally lazy, with a predictable sacrifice, a preposterous character return, and even a cheesy, melodramatic death scene. Meanwhile, the gun-toting sheriff is a colossal asshole who exists to drive the story forward with his spectacular stupidity. The performances are generally strong, but the dialogue is guaranteed to provoke unintentional laughter. When the sheriff asks what the creatures are, he gets the reply "Death." Appalling... With the film jumping into the action as quickly as possible, character development is sacrificed. Let's not forget the original film made the audience wait a full hour before the crawlers began their predatory assault. Sure, it would be ill-advised to replicate the structure of the original film, but a lot more could've taken place before the characters ventured into the cave system. Without character development, this new group of individuals are nothing but generic, expendable crawler-fodder. A shame, since the previous film was so effective due to the spark between the main characters. One could feel their friendship and collective terror, making their deaths both tragic and terrifying. It's hard to feel anything for the characters in The Descent: Part 2, and, while the kills are technically proficient, there's no depth or emotion to them. Chances are you won't care about anyone, except for Sarah based on her appearance in the first film. Playing Sarah, Shauna Macdonald has no room to breathe (excuse the pun), and is given no chance to show the incredible range she demonstrated in the original movie. Essentially, The Descent: Part 2 is an unneeded epilogue to the first film. One may even consider it a feature-length deleted scene. It's a major step down from its predecessor in almost every area, from the amount of effective scares to such things as dialogue and characters. Additionally, the twist ending of the movie is absolutely atrocious. It's a pointless, dumb, tacked-on conclusion which adds nothing but a frustrated groan and the opportunity for another sequel. In fact, it loses half a point for the ending alone. After pointing out the myriad faults with this film, it would almost seem there's nothing to love about it. Truth is, it's serviceable enough as an action sequel, but it just eschews the strengths of the original in favour of gore and action. The Descent: Part 2 is an unnecessary follow-up, but at least it's a watchable one. If you're not prepared to accept that it simply isn't in the same league as its predecessor, then you should skip it. If you just want to see the crawlers doing some mangling, however, you'll find something to like here.
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Jon Harris' The Descent: Part 2 is a notable sequel.Picking up right where the first installment left off, this sequel can stand on its own. There is enough provided throughout the picture to explain what happens the first time around; however, there is a little more to get out of this if the first film is viewed.The plot is very simple and it doesn't take long to get to the point. The first 30 minutes is mostly character buildup, which isn't very good, as they begin their descent into the darkness. Soon enough, the boulders fall and the final hour of this 90 minute thriller is where all the fun happens.The setting may not be much, since it mostly takes place in a maze of caves, but it works well with a film of this caliber. The camerawork is good and so is the lighting.The violence is intense with blood all over, while the creatures are non-CG and freaky looking. As for the scares, they are predictable, yet effective.Shauna MacDonald and Natalie Mendoza hold their ground nicely in the acting department. There isn't much to say about anyone else, since their characters aren't interesting enough.The very last minute or two of The Descent: Part 2 is disappointing and the scenes before the caves aren't anything special, but everything in between is more than satisfactory.
If you have seen the first movie and enjoyed it then I guess, like me, then you where looking forward to a sequel. Picking up directly after the first one, the film follows a group of police plus one of the original cavers as they re-enter the caves looking to find out what happened to the rest. Is it as good as the first film, simply, no. Not that it is a bad film, just that the first one was so fresh and original it really was a stand out work. This is just more of the same but not as good. Too much blood squirt detracts from some of the action and a feeling that shock has taken over somewhat from substance. With talk of a 3rd movie on the way, sit back, grab your popcorn and just enjoy what is one of the better horror movies from 2009.
Unlike the original film there are few surprises here. But it is an enjoyable little horror sequel, none the less. The creatures do loose some of their "mystique" by being much less "camera shy" this time around, but they are still totally menacing and pretty damned creppy. And this time the director actually used the rather bleak ending, which I always applaud. Though it is a definite "WTF?" moment. Possible "Descent 3"?
Just like the first I enjoyed it quite well right up til the end which ruins the whole damn thing.
I acually enjoyed part 2 WAY more then part 1
This is going to be the christmas movie of 2009 .......lol can t wait till it opens on the 2nd dec...... A desent horror insend of the over hype new moon!!!
When it comes to sequels to truly original films this here does a lot of things right. It starts right where the first one ended and picks up all the loose threats, including some you considered tightly bound. By using the same soundtrack, you feel as if you are watching a story that continues, not an unnecessary add on. You gotta give the creators credit for that. This also entails a problem, of course. The film has little to add we didn't already see (better and scarier) in the first, but tries to top in the gore department instead. That goes a little far at times. The original was also smart enough to show as little of the creatures as possible, with as little lighting as absolutely necessary. Neither is the case here, sadly. That doesn't mean that the film fails. It is highly entertaining, sometimes even exciting and has quite a huge surprise for fans of the original, which was no less than the best scary film of the last decade. It even has a truly evil ending without copying the first. Not bad at all, even if a bit repetitive at times.
I love The Descent. It's easily one of my ten favorite modern horror movies, and I've seen it more times than is probably healthy. It's excellently paced, atmospheric, genuinely claustrophobic, and frightening in both psychological and more visceral ways. The Descent: Part II is nothing like the first movie when it comes to atmosphere, tone, or (unfortunately) quality. This is just a bad (and oddly bright), gross-out blood-fest that's blindly grasping at the name recognition of its predecessor. I had to struggle just to focus on the bland, annoying new characters. There's no real tension, no creativity to be found, and it doesn't even look like its related to the first movie. I've seen better sets and special effects on old Xena episodes (better writing, too). I understand that this is the work of a completely different director (the editor of the first film), but it's like he completely abandoned anything and everything that mad the first movie memorable, plopped some hilariously generic new characters into the caves with the barest story to support their existence, and then just copied parts of the first movie in the most boring and amateurish ways possible. Part II is a shoddy, unnecessary sequel if I've ever seen one, and should be skipped with impunity by even casual fans of the original. The best parts of the movie are actually the brief flashbacks to the first one, which is my way of saying you'd be much better of just watching the original again. Horror movies don't have to be masterpieces to entertain me, but I can't help but compare The Descent: Part II to its predecessor, and it doesn't compare well at all.
Really stupid actually. The fact that they'd bring Sarah, who was clearly suffering from PTSD, back down into the cave is so unbelievable. The gore was terrible, unlike the original which was fantastic. The characters were for the most part obnoxious and unlikable with the exception of Sarah and Juno, the original characters. The twist with Juno was good, but the very end when the guy hit the girl with the shovel and dragged her back to the cave? What the fuck was that? Who was that guy? It didn't make any sense at all. The movie was tolerable up until that point, then I was like "this movie is a piece of shit". It was a funny movie though, not intentionally funny, but I laughed anyway. Really poor attempt at a sequel.
A pretty decent follow up to the first film, continuing right where that one left off. Ok second time round, you know what to expect, so the surprise element has gone. Otherwise it's pretty much more of the same, although with some odd plot decisions but we have to overlook rational decisions in horror films. Good to see the lead character back again for this one. If you enjoyed the first and want a bit more, go see this!
Gruesome. Disgusting. Suspenseful. Scary. Fun to watch!!! The rare sequel that is almost as good as the original.
Meh. Not bad, really, but nowhere near as claustrophobic as the original, with a couple of characters whose actions make no sense and really destroy credibility.
Good movie, it wasn't as good as the first one but still made me shake a little watching it at night time. The ending was the only thing I didn't like I mean it's freaking wicked completely, I couldn't believe what happen at the end, seriously messed up!!!! Anyways if you like evil endings you will like this one. Two days after the events of the first film, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) is washed away to safety with no memory of the events of the last time she was in the cave. She is taken to a hospital, where it is revealed some of the blood on her matches that of Juno Kaplan (Natalie Mendoza). Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O'Herlihy) demands that along with his deputy Elen Rios (Krysten Cummings), Sarah and three specialists - Dan (Douglas Hodge), Greg (Joshua Dallas) and Cath (Anna Skellern), must go back into the cave to find the missing women. A new entrance is found with the help of a sniffer dog. The team members are sent down via an old mine shaft operated by the old, mysterious Ed Oswald (Michael J. Reynolds). Whilst crawling through a narrow tunnel in the caves, Sarah has a flashback of what happened in the caves, and in a nervous panic, attacks Vaines, Greg and Elen and runs off deeper into the caves. Vaines pursues Sarah but eventually runs into a crawler and fires a shot that causes part of the cave to collapse, separating Cath from the rest of the group. Elen, Dan and Greg arrive in a room full of bones where they find the video camera used by Holly in the first film. They watch the playback, which reveals the women were attacked by the cave dwelling 'crawlers.' Then, the three are attacked by a group of crawlers and separate. The trio split, and Elen starts calling for help, alerting the crawlers to her location, but is stopped by Sarah, who warns Elen that the crawlers hunt via sound. The two then watch as a crawler attacks and kills Dan, ripping his throat open and dragging him away. Later, Cath escapes and kills a crawler and runs into Greg. The two climbing away from a crawler and using their radio to divert the pursuing crawler away from them. They travel deeper into the cave and find Sam hanging lifelessly. They decide to try to use her to swing across the chasm, but are both attacked by crawlers. Greg falls below, whilst tackling a female crawler, and although Cath makes it to the other side, she is attacked and killed by another crawler once she gets there. Elen and Sarah wander deeper into the cave, and kill another crawler before Elen reveals she has a daughter, which makes Sarah more determined to escape. Vaines is wandering around the cave and is about to be killed by a crawler before he is saved by Juno, who is revealed to be alive and an expert in hunting the crawlers. Later, all four meet up again. Juno and Sarah immediately fight, but then they all decide it's best they work together to escape and survive. Juno leads them off into the feeding pit, which she claims is also the exit. Vaines handcuffs Sarah to him so she can't leave them to die like she did to Juno. As they progress, Vaines falls over a ledge and is attacked by crawlers from below. Elen cuts off his hand to save Sarah from falling and to prevent the crawlers from attacking them as well. At the film's climax, Elen, Sarah and Juno reach the exit, but are blocked by a small group of crawlers. As they try to tip-toe around the crawlers, Juno is grabbed by a dying Greg. Juno screams in surprise, which gets the attention of four crawlers. Greg dies and the women are left to fight off the crawlers. The battle is tough, but Elen, Sarah and Juno kill a crawler each. After that, Sarah sees that Juno is losing the battle to a crawler larger than the others and strangles the crawler from behind. Tensing up, the crawler rips into Juno's stomach, mortally wounding her. She and Sarah finish it off before Juno dies in Sarah's arms. As Sarah mourns for her loss, Elen turns around to leave, but finds them surrounded by a large group of crawlers. Sarah, with the need to redeem herself for Juno's suffering and nothing to lose, screams to draw attention to herself, allowing Elen to escape. Elen reaches the outside and is about to call for help when she is attacked by Ed, who hits her with a shovel and drags her back to the entrance to be food for the crawlers. As Elen recovers from the hit, a bloodied crawler jumps out at her as the movie ends.
img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif/img] As a gleefully gory and totally nuts and bolts horror flick, Descent 2 is everything that it wants to be. But that's less than I can say for the fans of Neil Marshall's jaw dropping, heartbreaking original. Now i'm one of them, I am in love with The Descent. I still think it's one of the ultimate horror films of the 21st century if not a great example of pure character emotions manifested by brutal violence on screen. The sequel however is expectedly dull apart from the final 30 minutes in which it practices what every other horror flick ends up undertaking. Crank the volume up and splatter blood in our faces. The original film did a lot more than that. It made us endure claustrophobia which has only been done cinematically a small handful of times before. This time the surprise of the first one has dissapeared and the nail biting silence and enigmatical horror is therein replaced with gory set pieces and a larger appearance of crawling creatures than the last film. It is less imaginative in plotting and weaker directed than it's predecessor with one major difference which eventually counted for little change in the story anyway. The most unforgivable trait however is the weak, uninteresting group of characters which in the original were much more fleshed out, likable and much more vulnerable. The way they were defenseless made the original work. The Descent 2 fails in this sense. It's definitely not the worst sequel in the world of horror but I would never watch it again. The problem is not that it's extraordinarily free of merit, which it isn't. It's the lack of justification for it's existence that bothers me. It adds nothing to the legacy of the first one and simply deserves to be forgotten by true fans. If you're someoene who never saw the first one and the various shots that it boasted which inspired such great awe, you'll see more in this follow up than the rest of us should. It doesn't help at all that it features a less than radical conclusion to the overwhelming story of hope, suffering and regret which was it's forerunner.
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