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|The Descent Part 2|
Actors: Shauna Macdonald, Douglas Hodge, Joshua Dallas, Anna Skellern, Krysten Cummings
Director: Jon Harris
Dazed, bloodied and speechless with trauma, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where the events of The Descent took place. Local sheriff Redmond Vaines forces her back underground to help the rescu... more »
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The Descent 2 surprises!
Ronald Nocella | Philadelphia Pa | 03/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When the first film, The Descent, hit theaters, I saw it 3 times. The movie is one of my favorite horror films of recent times. When I heard a second installment was being made, I felt bittersweet about it. I went into the film both excited and apprehensive because in most cases, sequels rarely come close to being as effective as the original. THIS however is not the case for The Descent: Part 2!
One of the most common questions about this film is "Why would the lead character, Sarah, go back down into the cave after barely making it out alive in the first place?" and that question is answered very well and makes perfect sense when you watch the film. The story line and atmosphere, while very similar to the first, are still VERY effective. The film brings the suspense as well as the gore.
This film plays out much more like a continuation of the first story than a sequel, almost as if "To be continued..." should have shown before the credits of the original installment.
If you are a fan, like myself, of the original THE DESCENT, then please, give THE DESCENT: PART 2 a try. Im almost certain you will not be disappointed. I wasnt.
Bravo to the cast and crew of this great scary film! 5 stars!"
Entertaining but nowhere near as good as the first
Terry Mesnard | Bellevue, NE | 03/09/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Descent didn't need a sequel. It was a pitch-perfect horror film, one of the best I've seen in the last decade or longer, that incorporated high amounts of tension, a desperate struggle, some amazing jump-out-of-your-skin scares, great characters that you actually cared about and just the right amount of gore. I loved that film. Its original UK ending was also such a great, sad and interesting way to close it out. But apparently, The Descent: Part 2 decides to forgo that horror classic ending and instead uses the American/"happy" ending. It's interesting to note that the sequel is "Part 2" as opposed to simply The Descent 2. It indicates that it is an extension of the first film, as opposed to a sequel. As such, to discuss Part 2, I'll have to talk about the first one. You've been warned.
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.
That's pretty much the movie in a nutshell. Part of the reason the first film was so powerful and shocking was because director Neil Marshall used two different types of terror and helped add some twists to his film. The first part had a claustrophobic, fearful feeling that maybe you were going to be watching Alive...Underground. But once that type of horror was getting a little stale, he does a complete 180 and now they are fending for their lives against some unknown group of carnivorous cave dwellers. It was expertly filmed and paced to perfection. Part 2 tries to ape that same style. It has the same opening credit sequence, has a similar overall motif and even the same music. In a lot of ways feels like a retread...except nowhere near as good. Again you have a group of people who have no clue they are being hunted by monsters. Again you have a small cave-in that causes the group to be splintered, etc. etc. The only problem is that you, the viewer, is in on the twists this time and it really just gives the entire film a "been there, done that" feel. To counter-balance this, Part 2 almost turns into a gross-out "comedy," where Jon Harris (the director) finds more and more ways to drench his protagonists with blood and finds various ways to make sure that blood pours into someone's mouth. I think this happened at least two or three times. It was almost comedic.
The final nail in the coffin is that the characters this time aren't anywhere near as interesting or developed as in the first film. They quickly turned into crawler fodder and their only reason for being there was to be offed in various ways. Only problem is that, in the first film, I cared. In this one, I didn't. What a let down."
Most sequels suck,but this one!!!!!
C. conway | 03/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is the acception to all those crapy sequels.period.Iloved the 1st/and let me tellya the 2nd is just as good, even better in my eyes. IF YOU CRAVE GORE,GOOD STORY SAME PEOPLE FROM THE 1ST MOVIE AND a feeling of being TOTALLY TRAPT UNDERGROUND this is for the TRUE horror JUNKIE like myself.THX.seee thisssss"
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KevLeam | Warwick, England | 03/25/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I had quite high hopes for The Descent - Part 2 as The Descent (Original Unrated Cut) [Widescreen Edition] was one of the most claustrophobic and terrifying films that I can remember from recent years. It continues just minutes after the first film and a rescue crew are ready to find any possible survivors from the caving expedition that went horrifically wrong. The sole survivor, Sarah, is discovered but is suffering from severe psychological trauma and is therefore unable to speak or remember what happened..She accompanies the rescue team back to the cave she has just emerged from, but the creatures that live down there are hungry once again.
After a very slow and unexciting start, the last half an hour or so is very tense and again, very claustrophobic, so it did satisfy me with regards to sticking fairly close to the original's winning formula. Unfortunately where this film failed though was that we'd been there before and seen what is down there, so the whole unknown territory and unexpected horrors that made the first film so shocking was taken away somewhat as there was no real surprises or twists that I didn't see coming. Another thing that made me knock a few stars off (like with many horror sequels) is that the characters from the previous film now appear to be experts on the monsters, even though they had only been in their presence for a few minutes previously and only a day has supposed to have passed. Juno's characters was particularly bad to the point where I actually laughed out loud as she is become some Lara Croft-like action hero overnight, removing a lot of the realism the original had. The monsters are seen a lot more too and are the main focus of the storyline, rather than it being more about surviving in the caves. The ending annoyed me a lot too as it was how it ended was completely unnecessary didn't really make much sense.
I know this sounds like more of a rant than a review, but I think I'm just disappointed at how this is has turned into a fairly generic horror film, which is a shame as the first film felt so original and set a new standard, whereas this is nothing different from any other monster movie really. It's worth a watch if you're a fan of the original but is nowhere near as good so just don't expect anything special here."