Basic Instinct 2
|Basic Instinct 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Caton-Jones|
|Produced by||Mario Kassar
Joel B. Michaels
Andrew G. Vajna
|Written by||Leora Barish
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith (Themes)
|Editing by||István Király
|Distributed by||Constantin Film (Germany)
Araba Films (Spain)
|Running time||114 minutes
116 minutes (Unrated Extended Cut)
Basic Instinct 2 (also known as Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction), is a 2006 erotic thriller film and the 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 of Catherine Tramell from the original, as well as David Morrissey, David Thewlis, and Charlotte Rampling. The film is an international co-production of Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain.
The film follows novelist and suspected serial killer 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 "strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language, and some drug content." The film was not as well received as its predecessor and fell short of commercial expectations. Compared to its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 is lighter in nature, but still contains graphic violence and sex.
Set in London, the film opens with American best-selling author Catherine Tramell in a speeding car with her companion, Kevin Franks, 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 while being questioned by the police, "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 notes that D-Tubocurarine, a neuromuscular blocking agent used to relax muscles during general anesthesia, was found in her car and in her companion's body, and the companion wasn't breathing at the time of the crash, and that a man named "Dicky Pep" said that he sold Tramell "15 milliliters of DTC last Thursday." Tramell counters by saying that this Dicky Pep 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 is a sociopath incapable of telling the difference between right and wrong. Tramell begins to play mind games with Dr. Glass, who becomes increasingly frustrated with, yet intrigued by, this mysterious woman. Soon, Dr. Glass's own life begins a spiral of destruction.
One night, Dr. Glass goes on a date with Michelle Broadwin, and has rough, violent sex with her after dealings with Tramell. Dr. Glass receives a phone call from his ex-wife, Denise (Indira Varma), in a state of distress. Her partner, Adam Towers, a journalist writing a negative story about Dr. Glass, has been found strangled to death. Dr. Glass suspects that Tramell committed the murder and is attempting to frame him for it. More murders begin to surface around Dr. Glass as his obsession with Tramell grows and his career and life are threatened – he finds his ex-wife in a bathroom with her throat slit after they have an altercation in a bar. Later the aforementioned Dicky Pep is killed – eventually, he himself can no longer tell right from wrong, and the police begin to suspect Dr. Glass of involvement in the crimes.
The situations comes to a head during a confrontation between Dr. Glass and Tramell at her apartment where, after a struggle, Dr. 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 with herself and other people related to Dr. Glass, even himself, as characters. Then it turns out that the character based on herself is going to kill a therapist based on Dr. Glass's colleague, Dr. Milena Gardosh.
Glass runs to Gardosh's apartment to warn her, finding Tramell there to his dismay. Gardosh tells him that he is not in charge with Tramell's therapy anymore and that he's going to have his license revoked, due to bad practice regarding Tramell's treatment. There is a struggle between Glass and Gardosh, in which the latter is knocked out. Catherine then threatens Glass with a gun she carries, but Glass takes it away from her. When Washburn arrives at the scene, Glass shoots him because Tramell told him he had killed the girlfriend of one of Glass's patients just to "nail him".
In the final scene, Tramell pays a visit to Glass at a local mental hospital where he has been institutionalized, and he learns from her that the subject of her latest best-selling novel was a man very much like him. Tramell claims that she manipulated Glass into committing all those murders for her own amusement, and flashbacks are shown of Dr. Glass committing the murders. Tramell leaves with a wicked smirk on her face, while Glass continues to sit silently in his wheelchair, stymied by frustration and rage.
- Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell
- David Morrissey as Dr. Michael Glass
- David Thewlis as Roy Washburn
- Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Milena Gardosh
- Heathcote Williams as Dr. Jakob Gerst
- Hugh Dancy as Adam Towers
- Indira Varma as Denise Glass
- Anne Caillon as Laney Ward
- Iain Robertson as Peter Ristedes
- Stan Collymore as Kevin Franks
- Kata Dobó as Magda
- Flora Montgomery as Michelle Broadwin
- Jan Chappell as Angela
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, the process of casting the male lead was long and troublesome, with male actors declining the role due to either the level of sexuality or the violence in 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:
- Jan de Bont, who was cinematographer on the first Basic Instinct
- Paul Verhoeven, the director of the first film, who chose to make Black Book instead
- David Cronenberg
- Die Hard director John McTiernan, whose departure to direct his film Basic triggered Stone's lawsuit
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.
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 March 10, 2006, Stone's 48th birthday, 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, 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's website.
Like the original, the film was initially assigned an NC-17 rating by the MPAA; this was again because of sexual content and graphic violence. Two scenes in particular were cited as the reason for the rating: At one point in the film, Tramell is part of an orgy scene, and is raped by Glass in another scene. There was also a threesome scene as well. Eventually, the rape scene and threesome were cut from the film and an R rating was obtained. According to a November 2005 interview of Morrissey by MTV, 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.
Critical response 
Upon release, the film was panned by critics. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 89th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 7%. 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. However, BBC film critic Mark Kermode gave it a positive review.
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 (Sharon Stone), Worst Prequel or Sequel and Worst Screenplay. It also earned nominations for Worst Director, Worst Supporting Actor (David Thewlis) and Worst Screen Couple (Sharon Stone's lopsided breasts).
Box office 
The film was a noteworthy failure at the box office. Budgeted like a summer blockbuster (estimated budget was $70,000,000 USD), the film grossed only $3,201,420 (averaging just $2,203 per theater) in its first weekend of release in the United States. This placed 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. 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 was in theaters for only 17 days before Sony decided to stop tracking its progress, and finished with a domestic gross of only $5,851,188.
The film found more success outside the United States, earning over $32 million, giving Basic Instinct 2 a worldwide theatrical gross of nearly $39 million.
Even so, Moviefone.com ranked the film as #16 on its Top 25 Box Office Bombs of All Time.
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.
Home media 
While the film 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. R-rated and unrated editions are available on DVD and Blu-ray.
See also 
- "BASIC INSTINCT 2 (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
- "Basic Instinct 2 (2006)". imdb.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2006. Retrieved April 15, 2006.
- "Basic Instinct 2 (2006)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved April 23, 2006.
- Rotten Tomatoes 2009 Worst of the Worst
- 27th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie©) Award “Winners”
- "Basic Instinct 2 (2006) - Weekend Box Office". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved April 5, 2006.
- "Moviefone Top 25 Box Office Bombs of All Time". Moviefone.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
- "Sharon Stone - Stone To Direct Basic Instinct 3".
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