Basic Instinct 2:Risk Addiction (2006) Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. With Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, David Thewlis, Charlotte Rampling, Hugh Dancy and Neil Maskell.
As a huge admirer of Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 erotic psychological thriller Basic Instinct, I take absolutely no pleasure in reporting the sheer awfulness that is Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.
Where there was once style, tension and sexiness, there is now flat and boring full-on droopiness. Sharon Stone is the only returning cast member from the 1992 original but her performance and a ridiculous script are both far wide of the mark. The film quickly slips away from her as she struggles hard to revive her iconic turn as socio-path author Catherine Tramell. Considering how effortlessly cool and sexy Stone was in Verhoeven’s classic, it’s sad to see her tarnishing the legacy of that performance with this cheap and seemingly desperate attempt to revive her flagging career.
Occupying the role of victim and replacing Michael Douglas is British actor David Morrissey who to be fair to him does his level best to add some gravity to the film, but the complete lack of chemistry between himself and Stone makes their scenes together more awkward than intriguing. Other players include David Thewlis and Charlotte Rampling whose ability in the acting stakes come off as more of a waste than adding anything of note to what is a real clunker of a screenplay. In terms of style and production values, everything looks fine but it’s all inhibited by a huge vacuum of uninteresting and frankly boring scenes.
As a project that languished in development hell for years, it’s fair to it say should have stayed there. The years in-between ‘Instincts’ seem to have passed one too many and although Stone tries her best to wring out the last drop of her Trammel routine, it’s a poor performance in a poor film that fails to live up to the reputation of it’s controversial predecessor. 1.5/5