Monday, June 19, 2017

Movie Review: The Descent Part 2 (2009)

Movie: The Descent Part II (2009)

Director: Jon Harris

Writer: James McCarthy, J Blakeson, & James Watkins

Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Douglas Hodge, Josh Dallas, Anna Skellern, Gavan O'Herlihy, Natalie Mendoza, Krysten Cummings, & Michael J. Reynolds

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Sarah Carter (Macdonald), the sole survivor of a cave diving expedition, is forced to go back into the depths of the cave when no one believes her story.

For some reason, I didn't realize that The Descent had a sequel until I saw this movie pop up while I was scrolling on Netflix.  Not only was a sequel to the extremely well done and enjoyable horror movie The Descent, but it was actually a continuation of the story with the same sole survivor character, Sarah Carter.

The Descent, a 2005 movie from writer/director Neil Marshall, followed a group of women on a caving expedition that goes horribly wrong when they encounter a species of predators that lives within the caves.  The movie was jump our of your pants scary and I even freaking watched it in the daytime.  

The Descent 2, picks up right where the first movie left off, with the sole survivor of the previous cave expedition having to lead authorities back through the caves because no one believes her story about monsters living beneath the earth and they are looking for her friends who went into the caves with her.

Having seen the first movie, the second one obviously doesn't have the same surprise factor of encountering the underground monsters for the first time.  It definitely got as gross as the first movie at times but it didn't live up to the bar set by the original.  It's hard for a sequel to be as good as the original and I think it might even be harder for a horror movie to do so.

One of the main reasons that the second movie wasn't on par with the first probably has to do with director Neil Marshall not returning for the second film.  Neil Marshall has went on to do a bunch more directing of both TV and movies but Jon Harris, the director of this movie, only has The Descent 2 in his directorial resume.

Neil Marshall directed two of the best episodes of Game of Thrones, Blackwater and The Watchers on the Wall.  He has a lot of talent when it comes to filming action sequences and that is noticeable in first Descent movie compared with the second one.

Rating 5.5/10