Basic Instinct 2

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: -1/2

Content: -4

Cast: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis. Psychological thriller. Written by Leora Barish, Henry Bean. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In this sexually fueled thriller, best-selling crime novelist Catherine Trammel (Stone) once again finds herself on the wrong side of the law. After the mysterious death of a top sports star, Catherine is evaluated by a criminal psychiatrist. But the doctor soon finds himself drawn to Catherine and stuck in her web of lies and seduction.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I admit to never seeing the first installment 14 years ago. The only thing anyone could relate concerning that film was a scene where the sultry star provocatively crossed her pantyless legs. That didnt seem a correct reason for a Christian film critic to attend. So, over the years I have avoided it. Had I only done the same with the campy and lewd sequel.

There are a lot of professionals involved, so it would be unkind to call the film awful. But, folks, its close. The films theme, I guess, has to do with obsession, but the final cut leaves audiences with little more than a voyeuristic slasher thriller starring a 47-year-old actress who mistakenly believes she can still go braless. It is reported that Ms. Stone had sued the studio in order to finally get her promised sequel made. Im sure she feels vindicated. Alas, ticket buyers are Catherine Trammel/Sharon Stones latest victims.

Allow me to suggest a film that deals with the subject of obsession, but with taste, style and true suspense: Alfred Hitchcocks Vertigo. Hitchcocks powerful imagery and inimitable style, plus James Stewarts remarkable performance, make this journey into obsession and hidden fears a mesmerizing masterpiece.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: The script is salted with a great deal of crude witticisms taken from sexuality and bodily functions.

Obscene Language: 20 obscenities, mostly the f-word, but also a couple of words coarsely referring to parts of the female anatomy.

Profanity: The actors leave Gods name alone in this one, but Christs name is misused 3 times.

Violence: Theres a great deal of violent imagery, ranging from a drowning to a throat sliced open, a couple of characters strangled with belts, women being struck, people shot at point blank range, kinky sex situations that become rough and back again to a woman being nearly strangled. Blood: We see a woman dying; her throat cut, and blood generously oozing from the wound.

Sex: Oh my, yes. Four graphic situations, including an orgy.

Nudity: Several times, leaving little doubt concerning the stars successful workout regime.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: There are sexual discussions throughout. A woman attempts to justify her adultery.

Drugs: The leads drink to excess and smoke throughout.

Other: Completely lacking in moral concepts.

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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