Basic Instinct 2

Release Date: March 31, 2006
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No one wants this scene to repeat itself.

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In 1992, actress Sharon Stone became a rising sensation with her leg-crossing antics in the thriller Basic Instinct. In that story, a former rock star and current night club owner is found murdered in his bed. Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), a former drug addict and alcoholic, is assigned to the case, and is led to prime suspect Catherine Tramell, an attractive but manipulative novelist who had been dating the murder victim. When it is learned that the murder style was copied directly from one of Catherine's novels, police psychiatrist Beth Gardner - Nick's ex-girlfriend - becomes involved in the case. As the mystery gets murkier, Nick gets in too deep and starts to see almost everyone as a suspect.

Now, nearly 14 years to the day after the first film was released, a sequel will hit theaters. In this film, Catherine Tramell finds herself in trouble with the law again, though this time it's in London rather than San Francisco. David Morrissey will portray a criminal psychologist who has the task of evaluating her for Scotland Yard, and in this man, Catherine may have just met her match.

Along with Stone and Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling will also play a psychiatrist and David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) will portray a police officer.

Given the reception of Stone's recent performances - particularly as the villainess in Catwoman - it's difficult to conceive that a Basic Instinct sequel will find much success. Still, it's certainly a known franchise and like Hannibal Lecter, moviegoers might just be intrigued enough by the character that they'll check in just to see what happens. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Basic Instinct 2
Main Cast Sharon Stone, David Morrissey
Supporting Cast Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Screenwriter Leora Barish, Henry Bean
Distributor MGM
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Screen Count 1,453
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