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Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  31 March 2006 (USA)
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Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Ferguson
Jan Chappell ...
Terence Harvey ...
Ellen Thomas ...
Mark Sangster ...
Court Reporter One
Tim Berrington ...
Court Reporter Two
Denise Glass
Heathcote Williams ...
Jakob Gerst
Michelle Broadwin


Crime novelist Catherine Tramell is living in London, and becomes the center of police investigation (yet again) when her football player boyfriend drowns in a car accident and it is revealed that he was already dead because of a drug overdose before Tramell drove the car into water. Police psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Glass is called for examining Tramell, and is intrigued by the seductive and manipulative woman. On the other hand , his friend Det. Roy Washburn is sure Tramell is guilty. Tramell asks Glass to treat her for her 'risk addiction' problem, and with each therapy session , Glass gets more and more suspicious about her intentions. As more and more murders are committed, including that of Glass's ex-wife, Glass becomes obsessed with proving Tramell's guilt even though the evidence is contradictory . Written by Soumitra

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£487,031 (UK) (31 March 2006)


$1,533,491 (Mexico) (26 May 2006)

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Adrian Biddle shot some of the photography before he died in December 2005. See more »


As Dr. Michael Glass is investigating the article entitled "Detective X" by Adam Towers about Roy Washburn, under the sub-headline of Witness Intimidation the article reads "A perfectly good movie script could be made from the information I gleaned in the sewers and alleys and fire escapes of the seedier parts of town." When he reads on to the next sub-headline of the article "Falsifying Evidence" the exact same passage has been repeated: "A perfectly good movie script could be made from the information I gleaned in the sewers and alleys and fire escapes of the seedier parts of town." Additionally, the sentence directly preceding the second sub-headline is incomplete. It reads "Our current political leader" (No punctuation) See more »


Catherine Tramell: You know how some guys are into blondes, and some guys are into killers?
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A really terrible film with no saving graces - bad dialogue, bad acting, bad direction...just plain BAD!
16 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the London Premiere, and I have to say - I didn't expect much, but I did expect something that was at least mildly entertaining.

The original "Basic Instinct" was no great film and is still something of a "smut classic" but it was entertaining. I can recall countless times flipping through channels on TV on a late Friday or Saturday night having come across the movie and finding myself beginning to actually pay attention to it.

However, this lame-brain, waaay-belated sequel has nothing. Is Sharon Stone still gorgeous? Well, let's put it this way -- for a 47-year-old, she's pretty hot. Is she as beautiful as she was in the original? No. She also has clearly had plastic surgery on her face, and her haircut in this movie is somewhat unappealing. She doesn't look as soft or genuine or innocent as she did in the original -- which is sort of the whole point of being an evil seductress, and whatnot.

The rest of the performances range from bad to terrible -- and Michael Caton-Jones (a typically safe director -- one who doesn't always do great work but manages to make worthwhile movies) has officially delivered his first true turkey; a movie so bad people were laughing at certain moments that were intended to be serious.

I hear the film went through multiple editing sessions, and it's very clear from the start. Nothing makes much sense. The whole plot is a cosmic mess and the ending -- oh my! Talk about stupid AND unbelievable. (Still predictable, though.) I saw "Gigli," I saw "Son of the Mask" -- and although I'm not looking to "smear" this film, I can say with my own authority (which you don't have to agree with at all, mind you) that I prefer both those films over this catastrophic failure.

By the way, Stone left five minutes before the movie began and people in the theater began throwing things at the screen during a particularly outrageous and insulting scene inside an orgy-type nightclub.

"Basic Instinct 2" -- basically, it stinks, too.

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