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Monday, March 15, 2010

[6.75/10] The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

The original "Descent" by Neil Marshall was an extremely claustrophobic 'descent' into madness. "The Descent: Part 2" is totally unnecessary sequel to the the brilliant original. In fact, for this sequel to work the film-makers have removed the ending from the UK version and gone with the US ending. Jon Harris, who edited the original movie has made a decent job of directing the follow-up. He manages to create tension in places, and stages some impressive attacks by the creatures. The attacks are probably more bloody that they were in the first but that's not a problem at all. "The Descent: Part 2"'s not as scary as the original even though it does have some good shocks in it, and the new characters aren't as well-developed as they were in the original , but get enough time to make you care for what happens to them. The acting is pretty decent, especially from the leads. It is disappointing then to say that for all the good work in the movie, it is let down by a frankly ridiculous and nonsensical twist in the final moments that makes no sense at all. "The Descent 2"'s nowhere near as good as the original, but a surprisingly effective sequel. Plot-holes and revealing mistakes aside, it's a good scary fun and definitely worth-seeing!

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