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Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

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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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Everything interesting begins in the mind. See more »

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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)


$5,851,188 (USA) (14 April 2006)

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Jan de Bont was considered to take directing duties for some time. See more »


When the detective picks up Michael to go to a murder scene, we can see that Michael has not shaven for at least a day. When he steps in the car you can see right away that he is clean shaven. See more »


Jakob Gerst: So we've been considering those who wish to control others through their insecurity and their narcissism. To study Nietzsche psychobiographically may seem naive. Wasn't it Nietzsche's work itself, which through deconstructive and post-structuralist readings induced the death of psychobiography?
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User Reviews

Excellent "mind screwing" thriller
7 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Frankly I don't understand why this movie has been such a big "flop" in publicity. Sharon Stone certainly has not lost any of her charisma and "touch" since "Basic instinct". I voted this film 10 and I tell you why: Game opens in London this time. London is the city where Catherine Tramell has moved since the events in BI1. Again she proves to be a mastermind manipulator of her own class -unchallenged. She is "screwing your brain" as Catherine with such a skill that in the end you don't be quite sure who is the real villain.

As for the technical part of the film: Only real setback is the B-rate crew of actors. Sharon Stone is the only really big name in the cast compared to her and Michael Douglas etc in the first part. I also think BI2 would have been better had Sharon Stone been a bit younger but she is still quite stunning in her looks and has only improved concerning her charisma. Her B-rate "assistants" are not so bad either although I would have wanted some bigger names to the cast.

I think there are quite good improvements in the basic plot. I think this is a far better thriller than many of the run-off-the-mill crap Hollywood so readily distributes these days. The plot is great, it's easy to see technically, you don't snore in the half way through the film and most important -the heath is on.

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