The Descent 2 (2009)

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 94 minutes - $28.98 || April 27, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-04-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jon Harris
Writer(s): J Blakeson and James McCarthy and James Watkins (screenplay)
Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Michael Reynolds, Jessika Williams, Douglas Hodge


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboard Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Descent many years ago when it hit Blu-ray. The technical package was awesome, tons of special features, and the movie was quite entertaining. When I heard that a sequel was being made, the usual groan came out of my mouth. Then when The Descent 2 wound up on my doorstep I rushed to watch the film so I could hopefully put my groan to rest. Sadly, the itís still there. The sequel by no means is successful, entertaining or anyway a comparison to the first flick. Instead, thereís just a ton more gore, stupidity, and less hot chicks than the previous installment. Two out of three arenít that bad though, unless Iím reviewing the movie.

Thereís really no point in discussing any character other than Sarah (Shauna Macdonald), who returns from the first film. After emerging from the dark caverns she makes her way to civilization where she is immediately hospitalized and questioned about the disappearance of her missing friends. She tells them about the cavern and the genius police officers and a bunch of other nobodies, whose names donít matter, decide to venture there to see if the other hikers are still alive and hopefully help them out alive. Despite Sarahís pleas, and the fact for some reason sheís not arrested for walking around covered in blood, bruises, and like eight people are missing, she is forced to go there too and venture in to the hell she lived through just mere days ago.

The group of roughly nine or so people goes deeper and deeper into the caverns when suddenly the officer spots a body lying in the distance. The body turns out to be a female from the first film and upon further investigation, and the fact sheís missing most of her lower torso, is in fact dead. The police officer freaks out and shoots at a shadow, which miraculously causes a cave-in, and the group is forced to split up. Part of the group dies in the same way as the people trying to climb the cavern from the first flick while the others stumble upon more creatures from before that have somehow mutated into more deadly creatures yet still canít see. Can Sarah and irrelevant company survive the caverns again or will they fall into their descent?

The problem with this sequel is that it tries to play too much off of the last film to be relevant. Somehow Sarah makes it out alive, despite the fact the ending (and alternate) show she dies at the end? That makes no sense what so ever, either ending for that matter, so why bother trying to have two endings when neither of them is bothered to be explained? Okay, I get the fact that she makes it out alive but why? Thereís no reason to bring her back and somehow not have her arrested. Six or so of her friends are missing, presumed dead, in a dark cavern, and sheís not arrested and instead let down back into the cavern? Yeah, talk a little bit reasonable more why donít you film!

The horror aspect of the film, the one that was honestly really present in the first, is missing like heck in this one. The caverns arenít scary anymore and the fact that the film tries to scare you every five seconds (including one insanely lame one at the start) left me with a bad taste in my mouth after so many repeated attempts to scare audiences. The first one had that amazing ďwowĒ factor and didnít have to try and scare you every few minutes to get you to enjoy the film. Instead, the sequel tries to be too much horror and not enough in-depth in terms of characters. The characters in the movie are so stupid, inane, and pointless that any time spent talking about them would be a giant waste. The cop is stupid, the doctor and his wife are idiotic, and the only bad ass in the film is still Sarah despite her much down-played role.

I think the film will provide some cheap laughs and scares for couples looking to get a little snuggle time. If you arenít in need of either of the things I just described, then you may want to look in other caverns.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Jon Harris, Shauna MacDonald, Krysten Cummings and Anna Skellern: Surprisingly enough for having four people on a commentary, this has a decent amount of dead air that was quite boring. The track is rather light-hearted on humor and Harris does the majority of the talking, which details the idea behind the film and highlights behind the scenes.

Making of The Descent 2 (26 minutes): The cast and crew show you some really cool scenes from the film, how they shot them, and how the movie came together. The length of this one is quite long but I honestly kept glued to the television and enjoyed this extra much more than the movie itself.

Deleted Scenes (11 minutes): The deleted scenes available are more accurately described as an alternate opening to the film that is much better than how the film actually started. There is also a scene that mimics another sequel with a grudge in it if you so choose to watch.

Finally, a Storyboard Gallery is available for whatever reason; I assume your viewing pleasure.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

After watching several horror films, eight to be exact, a few days ago and rating them I was pleasantly surprised by the video quality of this other Lionsgate release. Now, to be fair, this in no part looks as amazing as the first one did but in all honesty it does look quite decent. Colors tend to blur a little though and the shade of blue is present in most of the scenes, which is odd to note since most of the film is in black and underground. I noticed a little screen tearing and noise, along with some grain, as the movie progressed mainly though in the dark scenes in the cavern. I may be being harsh on this one though, as it is a passable transfer and much better than what Iíve seen from the studio recently.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also an improvement in quality of the movies Iíve seen of late yet again doesnít compare to the original in the series. Surround sound is used quite well throughout the film, as though the many jump moments came from the rears properly and I had no problem identifying where the noise was coming from. Dialogue levels though are a tiny bit out of whack though as I did struggle to hear some dialogue, even though thatís unimportant in terms of story, but it was enough for me to deduct some points for. This is a great surround sound track but other than that thereís nothing else good to be talking about.



.::OVERALL::.

The Descent 2 has ruined the series from continuing on, which sucks to write. The film trashes everything that made the original fun and exciting to watch. That being said though thereís still some fun to be had here, with a great commentary track and some decent technical specs to view. This is a cavern youíll want to visit but probably forget about the next day.