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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Very graphic sequel. Brain cells could be lost.

Movie R 2006 114 minutes
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BASIC INSTINCT 2: RISK ADDICTION is so bereft of ideas that Joe Eszterhas's 1992 script for the original seems almost gripping by comparison. You know that Glass knows he's supposed to say no to therapy with Catherine, but he says yes. The rest of the movie approximates the who's-playing-whom dynamic of the first film, but without the aptly creepy Michael Douglas or the straight-up wonderful George Dzundza. And without dialogue resembling the sorts of things people might actually say to one another.

As in the first film, the most interesting possibility comes up in the finale, when Catherine rewrites the plot for the novel that she's been writing all along. The movie essentially stalls out after the first big-action murder scene. While Catherine's guilt regarding specific cases might remain unknown, it also doesn't much matter. She's the Freddy Krueger of this two-film franchise, which means victims become negligible and motive immaterial. The fact that a middle-aged woman serves this function, and that the money shot is not some hideous-prosthetic-face reveal but a look at Stone's breasts in a Jacuzzi, makes a tired point: in 2006, women still scare men.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 31, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: July 11, 2006
  • Cast: David Morrissey , David Thewlis , Sharon Stone
  • Director: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 114 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content.
  • Last updated: October 2, 2023

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