Nice try! But sadly it’s just not as good as the first.
The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Directed By: Jon Harris
So how does one go about making a sequel to a movie that many has had at the top of their list for being best of the past decade?? It surely isn’t an easy task and a task made even harder when the director of said sequel is to be a first time director.
But while John Harris may be making his first trip behind the camera on The Descent part 2, he isn’t a new comer when it comes to the subject as he was an editor for the original. But was he able to hold it all together to capture the same feel and quality of the first?
Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened – or why she’s covered in her friends’ blood – Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions.
Lets start with that right there shall we? What policemen in their right mind would have Sarah go back into a cave in the state she’s in at the start of this movie?? I mean right there is a bit of missing logic right from the start but I guess they had to find a way to get Sarah back in the pits of danger. One thing I will give credit for is the fact they make it start in a way that it could go along with either ending to the original you saw…maybe, if you use your imagination.
I’d say while the first film was more stylish this one relied heavily on jump scares and for the most part they work. The only real fault is you pretty much can tell when one is coming where as in the first film they seemed to be more out of left field. Again, this is just one of the things not done as well as they were done in the first but done good enough.
The blood is in full effect here as well as it’s a pretty nice neck tearing gore ride but I’ve heard a few people complain that the blood looks too fake which I don’t get at all I think it’s better than most of what we see today and looks very natural so if any CGI was used at all I didn’t notice, which leads me to believe it’s all the natural effects.
So to sum things up, you got good characters for the most part, you got gore, you got reasons to jump and wiggle in your seat but it really gives off a “been there, done that” feel, which is OK because really what more can you do with these monsters in a cave? That being said, there are a few shocks and surprises in this movie, one being cool and a big shock while one not making a lick of sense that hurts the way the film wraps up. So is it good? Yes it is. Is it as good as the original? No, not it’s not. But it’s not far of a fall off from that.
They also leave a door wide open for a part 3 however none logical it might be.
So while it isn’t offering anything really new from the first it’s not a movie you’re going to want to skip. The only really bad thing about it, and trust me it’s a REALLY bad thing is the lack of common sense the ending lacks. I won’t ruin it but trust me folks, it’s a bad ending.
When you get something right the first time it’s hard to top it or even match it. This movie makes a good effort and is a good movie but some key plot holes and the fact there’s nothing really new knocks a full point and a half off the first movie’s score.
Don’t forget The Descent: Part 2 hits the stores on April 27th here in the states.
The Rating (7.5/10)