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Basic Instinct 2

Theatrical poster for Basic Instinct 2
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Produced by Mario Kassar
Joel B. Michaels
Andrew G. Vajna
Written by Leora Barish
Henry Bean
Starring Sharon Stone
David Morrissey
David Thewlis
Flora Montgomery
Alexys Becerra
Music by Jerry Goldsmith (themes)
John Murphy
Cinematography Gyula Pados
Editing by István Király
John Scott
Distributed by Sony Pictures/MGM
Release date(s) March 31, 2006
Running time 113 minutes
Country Germany
United Kingdom
United States
Spain
Language English
Budget $70,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $38,629,478[2]
Preceded by Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct 2, also known as Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, is a 2006 film, being the long awaited sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew G. Vajna. The screenplay was by Leora Barish and Henry Bean. It stars Sharon Stone, who reprises her role from the original, as well as David Morrissey and David Thewlis.

The film follows novelist and suspected serial murderer Catherine Tramell, who is once again in trouble with the authorities. Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her after a man in Tramell's presence dies. As with Detective Nick Curran in the first film, Glass becomes a victim of Tramell's seductive games.

After being in development hell for a number of years, the film was shot in London from April to August 2005, and was released on March 31, 2006. After numerous cuts, it was released with an R rating for language, nudity, and drug content. The film was not as well received as its predecessor and fell short of commercial expectations. It should be noted that Basic Instinct 2 was lighter in nature, but still extremely violent.

The film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Sony Pictures Entertainment sub-division TriStar Pictures.

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Plot

Set in London, the film opens with American best-seller author Catherine Tramell in a speeding car with her companion, a famous English football star. Tramell takes the man's hand and begins masturbating with it, all the while increasing her vehicle's speed. At the point of orgasm, Tramell veers off the road and crashes into the West India Docks in Canary Wharf. She attempts to save her partner but, as she says in the subsequent scene, "When it came down to it, I guess my life was more important to me than his."

Tramell is interrogated by Detective Supt. Roy Washburn of Scotland Yard. He claims that D-Tubocurarine (a neuromuscular blocking agent, used to relax muscles during general anesthesia) was found in her car, and that a man named "Dickie Pap" said that he sold Tramell "15 milliliters of DTC last Thursday." Tramell counters by saying that this Dickie Pap must be lying because "you’ve got him on some other charge and he's trying to deal his way out, if he even exists."

Tramell begins therapy sessions with Dr. Michael Glass, who has conducted a court-ordered psychiatric exam and given testimony in her case. Dr. Glass strongly suspects that Catherine Tramell is a superficial sociopath incapable of telling the difference between right and wrong. Tramell begins to play psychological games with Glass, who becomes increasingly frustrated with, yet intrigued by, this mysterious woman. Soon, Glass's own life begins a spiral of destruction.

One night, while having sexual intercourse with a lesser character, named Michelle Broadwin, Glass makes love with a violent aggression after dealings with Tramell, similar in the fashion that Michael Douglas's character Nick Curran did to police psychologist Dr. Beth Garner in the original Basic Instinct. Glass receives a phone call from his ex-wife in a state of distress. Her partner, a journalist writing a negative story about Glass, has been found dead. Glass suspects that Tramell commited the murder and is attempting to frame him for it. More murders begin to surface around Glass as his obsession with Tramell grows and his career and life are threatened until he himself can no longer tell right from wrong.

Things come to a head during a confrontation between Glass and Tramell at her apartment where after a struggle Glass attempts to kill Tramell. Tramell gives Dr. Glass a copy of the draft of her next novel titled "The Analyst". After reading it, he realizes that Catherine has novelized most of the recent events including herself and other people related to Dr. Glass, even himself, as characters. Then it turns out that the character based in herself is going to kill a therapist based on Glass's colleague, Dr. Gardish.

Glass runs to Dr. Gardish's apartment to warn her, finding Catherine there to his dismay. Dr. Gardish tells him that he is not in charge with Tramell's therapy anymore and that he's going to have his professional license revoked, due to bad praxis regarding Tramell's treatment. There is a struggle between Glass and Gardish and the latest results knocked out. Catherine threatens Glass with a gun she carries for protection, but Dr. Glass takes it away from her. When Detective Washburn arrives to the scene, Glass kills him because Catherine told him he had killed the girlfriend of one of Glass's patients who was a drug dealer just to "nail him", situation that carried a lot of trouble for Glass in the past.

In the final scene, Tramell pays a visit to Glass at a local mental hospital where he, silent and institutionalized, learns from her that the subject of her latest best-selling novel was, as with Curran back in San Francisco, a man very much like him. Tramell psychologically manipulated Glass into committing all those murders for her own self-amusement. Tramell leaves with a very wicked smirk on her face while Glass continues to sit silently in his wheelchair with unmistakable frustration and rage.

Cast

Background

Production

Basic Instinct 2 had been in "development hell" for the better part of a decade. In 2000, the film was announced as having a March 2002 release. However, casting for the male lead was long and troublesome, with male actors declining the role due to either the level of sexuality or the violently explicit nature of the film. When no acceptable male lead had been cast before the slated production start date of 2001 (original star Michael Douglas had turned down the offer to reprise his role as Nick Curran), the project was cancelled. Stone immediately sued the producers for breach of contract.

Before director Michael Caton-Jones finally directed the film, several prominent directors were attached to the project, including:

In 2004, just before Stone's case was brought to trial, both sides settled for undisclosed terms. One of the conditions of the settlement that was made public was that the movie would be made as it had been originally planned. In April 2005, the filmmakers and Stone (who was a key element of her male co-star's casting), chose English actor David Morrissey, and production began.

Controversy

On February 6, 2006, several film news websites began circulating a short, leaked, and uncensored promotional reel that depicted scenes from the movie. The approximately four minute promo included clips of explicit love scenes from the movie. Two days after it had begun circulating, the official trailer debuted.

On Sharon Stone's 48th birthday, March 10, 2006, several deleted scenes from the film appeared online at basicinstinct2.com. The scenes did not appear in the finished R-rated theatrical version of the film (nor in the Unrated DVD, oddly enough), and they are presumed to have been given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, which would explain their absence. This website has been shut down and now redirects to Sony.

Like the original, the film was initially assigned an NC-17 rating by the MPAA; this was again because of the sexual content and graphic violence. Two scenes in particular were cited as the reason for the rating: At one point in the film, Sharon Stone's character is part of an orgy scene and gets raped by the main character in another scene. There was also a threesome scene as well. Eventually the orgy scene and threesome were cut from the film and an R rating was obtained[3]. According to an interview of David Morrissey by MTV in November 2005, the subsequent DVD release of the film should have had all edited scenes restored. The uncut version was released theatrically outside the USA, including Canada; however, the US "Unrated Cut" DVD did not contain an extended orgy scene or any of the threesome scene, leaving many to wonder if these scenes will ever see the light of day outside of various obscure internet sources.

Reception

Critical

Upon release the film found little praise from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, a film review collection website, the film earned a 7% rating, based on 105 reviews. On the same website, the film received the 2006 "Moldy Tomato" award for being the worst-reviewed film of the year and was ranked 70th on the 2007 list for Worst of the Worst reviewed movies ever.[4] Although some critics approved of Stone's performance, it was the film's plot that became the main target of criticism. The film also suffered from comparison to the original Basic Instinct, which was more popular with critics.

At the 27th Golden Raspberry Awards, the film (dubbed by the ceremony as "Basically, It Stinks, Too") won four Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Prequel or Sequel and Worst Screenplay.[5]

Box office

The film was a noteworthy failure at the box office. Budgeted like a summer blockbuster (estimated budget was $70,000,000 USD[1]), the film grossed only $3,201,420, averaging just $2,203 per theater.[6] in its first weekend of release in the United States, placing it a poor 10th in top gross, against such competition as Ice Age: The Meltdown (opening the same weekend), V for Vendetta and Inside Man. Things then went from bad to worse. Low as the opening weekend was, the second week dropoff was just under 70% to just $1,017,607, averaging a mere $700 per theater, nearly the worst of the year. (Only Harsh Times and Eragon dropped off more.) In the end, the film would be in theaters for only 17 days before Sony decided to stop tracking its progress, and finish with a domestic gross of only $5,851,188[1].

The film found more success outside the United States, earning over 32 million dollars, giving Basic Instinct 2 a worldwide theatrical gross of nearly $39 million.[2]

Even so, MovieFone.com ranked the film as #16 on its Top 25 Box Office Bombs of All Time[7].

Sequel

Plans for a third film have been scrapped due to the film's poor box office reception. However, Stone has reportedly been championing the film's production and, if greenlighted, said she would not be starring in the final installment to the trilogy but would hope to instead be its director.[citation needed]

Home media

While the movie flopped at the American box office and made only a moderate dent in European and Australian cinemas, it was a minor success on DVD and video. In its first week of release (starting July 11, 2006), it placed third. Counting U.S. rentals alone, the film has earned $21.01 million. It took BI2 3 months and 10 days to be released on video and DVD.

The film was one of the first titles released on Blu-Ray, but due to Sony's policy of not allowing Blu-Ray licensees to release unrated titles, it was only available in the R-Rated theatrical version.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Basic Instinct 2 is a 2006 film, the long awaited sequel to the 1992 blockbuster Basic Instinct.

Directed by Michael Caton Jones. Written by Leona Barish and Henry Bean.
Everything interesting begins in the mind. Taglines

Contents

Dialogue

Catherine Tramell: Even Oedipus didn't see his mother coming.

Catherine Tramell: [to Glass] You know what I like about you? You enjoy being in control. Like me.

Dr. Michael Glass: I'm not the one on trial for murder.
Catherine Tramell: Not yet.

Catherine Tramell: How do you picture it... doctor?

Roy Washburn: You don't seem very upset by what's happened.
Catherine Tramell: Of course I am, I'm traumatized....Who knows if I'll ever cum again?

Catherine Tramell: You know how some guys are into blondes, and some guys are into killers?

Taglines

  • Everthing interesting begins in the mind.

Main cast

See also

External links

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