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Basic Instinct 2

In spite of Sharon Stone’s hearty encore performance as the ultimate femme fatale, "Basic Instinct 2" falls unbearably flat. Husband-and-wife screenwriters Leora Barish and Henry Bean employ such labored plotting and clinical bits of sex and violence that there isn’t anything to savor. There is not a trace present of the Hitchcock-inspired suspense that director Paul Verhoeven powerfully exerted over the original "Basic Instinct." Instead we get a futile change of locale for Catherine Tramell (Stone) who has moved her novel-writer’s desk to London in search of high-risk episodes of sexual gratification. David Morrissey is painfully miscast as Dr. Michael Glass ("Derailed") a criminal psychiatrist brought in to analyze Catherine after her involvement in the death of her sex partner during a high-speed car ride. Director Michael Caton-Jones ("Scandal") proves himself incapable of handling the rigid demands of a suspense thriller, albeit a poorly written one. Special features include director's commentary with Michael Caton-Jones, a making-of featurette, and ten deleted scenes with optional director’s commentary. Aspect ratio is 2.43:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. (Movie – One Star, DVD features – One Star) Rated R, 114 mins. (Sony Pictures)

July 2, 2006 in Suspense Thriller | Permalink