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BASIC INSTINCT 2: RISK ADDICTION: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey), a respected London criminal psychiatrist, is brought in by Scotland Yard detective Roy Washburn (David Thewlis) to perform a psychiatric evaluation of crime novelist Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), following the death of a sports star in her presence. Physically drawn to Tramell and mentally intrigued by her, Glass, against the advice of his mentor, Dr. Milena Gardosh (Charlotte Rampling), is quickly sucked into her web of lies and seduction. A deadly battle of wits ensues, while several people around them also die in mysterious circumstances. Can Glass avoid suspicion; is Washburn implicated; does Catherine write true fictions?

Review by Louise Keller:
Twelve years after the original film flashed its controversial headlights in the shapely, unclad form of Sharon Stone as a bi-sexual novelist with a penchant for Michael Douglas, ice-picks and no underwear, the risk addict is back in full flight. Seduction is the ultimate weapon in Basic Instinct 2, a lurid see-saw of manipulation and control, which plays like an unoriginal, racy page turner. The minimalist and stylishly designed London settings work in the film's favour, yet the psychological impact achieved by director Michael Caton-Jones is minimised by melodrama and sensationalism. The twists and turns are more breathy than breath-taking, and sex is showy without eroticism.

There's no shortage of sex and sexy taunts however, as Stone spreads her sights (and legs) to David Morrissey's assessing psychiatrist Michael Glass, whose resistance is quick to shatter. Sex and speed are the ingredients for the attention grabbing opening sequence, in which Stone's Catherine Tramell gets her kicks being manhandled in a speeding sports car. The signposts signalling the raunchy direction of the film are clear from the very beginning, and Stone (looking fabulously sultry in true Hollywood style) slips in and out of her clothes with disarming fervour. Slinky black numbers adorned by Chopard are decorative casing, sheer shirts cling possessively and ultra-pointy stilettos scream their blatant invitation. Ice-picks have now been replaced by strangulation collars, although a couple of scenes pay homage to the familial hand groping under the bed. 'Who do you think I'm going to kill next - you can figure it out,' she purrs naked from a steaming, roof-top Jacuzzi.

An actor with more gravitas (think Jeremy Irons) would have made Glass more satisfying for me; after all, it is the size of the fall that impacts on its effectiveness. The chemistry between psychiatrist and patient lacks the TNT factor, but the inclusion of thesps Charlotte Rampling and David Thewlis as shrink and noir-ish detective, elevate the proceedings considerably.

The original remains just that - an original. As a mystery thriller about control and obsession, the sequel tries to turn up the heat, but never reaches boiling point.

Published August 23, 2006

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BASIC INSTINCT 2: RISK ADDICTION: DVD (MA)
(Germany/Spain/UK/USA, 2006)

CAST: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis, Hugh Dancy, Anne Caillon, Iain Robertson

PRODUCER: Moritz Borman, Mario Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna

DIRECTOR: Michael Caton-Jones

SCRIPT: Leora Barish, Henry Bean

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gyula Pados

EDITOR: John Scott

MUSIC: John Murphy, John Scot

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Norman Garwood

RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 30, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: None

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: August 23, 2006







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