The Descent: Part 2
March 9, 2010
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Director: Jon Harris
Writers: James Watkins/J. Blakeson/James McCarthy
Producers: Ivana Mackinnon/Christian Colson
Starring: Shauna MacDonald/Natalie Mendoza
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 94 minutes
The Descent was one of my favourite horror movies because of a couple of reasons. It’s mostly because even though you could see the jumpy scenes coming from a mile away, you’d still jump at them when they came. The Descent is one of the best horror movies to be released in the last ten years in my opinion. However, did The Descent: Part 2 follow in The Descent’s footsteps? Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened – or why she’s covered in her friends’ blood – Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions. As the rescue party drives deeper into uncharted caverns, nightmarish visions of the recent past begin to haunt Sarah and she starts to realize the full horror and futility of the mission. Subjected to the suspicion and mistrust of the group and confronted once more by the inbred, feral and savagely ruthless Crawlers, Sarah must draw on all her inner reserves of strength and courage in a desperate final struggle for deliverance and redemption. The Descent: Part 2 continues straight after when The Descent ended and it just failed on so many levels! It more-or-less felt like déjà vu since it’s practically the first but with different characters. It felt like it belonged as a 90 minute extra on the first movie’s DVD. The first thing I have to point out since it’s the first thing I think anyone would probably notice is how seriously dumb the characters are in the movie. Sheriff Vaines being the prime example of this and his deputy Elen Rios as close second (you’ll see what I am talking about when you watch the movie). Also, all of the characters were annoying as well, such as the creepy guy Ed Oswald who felt like he jumped out of an episode of Scooby Doo and was randomly placed in this pointless sequel.
The story was different at the start of the movie but then slowly became an exact replica of the first movie. The acting was below average and it didn’t make me believe the performance they gave out much. However I did like how the Crawlers were created and how the action scenes were executed so well done to the crew for that. While the cinematography was great and gave out a creepy vibe, some of the scenes in the movie felt pointless (much like this sequel as The Descent didn’t really need one) such as the Crawler taking a dump…why on Earth would anyone want to watch that for? Another thing that really bugged me a lot was how it ended, it has to be one of the most nonsensical, stupid and meaningless endings I have ever seen.
I feel cheated in a way even though I didn’t have high hopes for this. I really liked The Descent and when I saw that there was going to be a sequel, I was happy about it but I wondered how it would have worked…and this is what we got. The Descent didn’t need a sequel to begin with. If you want to watch The Descent: Part 2, just stick The Descent on since that’s all it is: a pointless and repetitive sequel with a daft ending.