Refusing to believe her story about cave-dwelling monsters, the sole survivor of a spelunking exploration gone horribly wrong is forced to follow the authorities back into the caves where something awaits.
A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.
Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions. As the rescue party drives deeper into uncharted caverns, nightmarish visions of the recent past begin to haunt Sarah and she starts to realize the full horror and futility of the mission. Subjected to the suspicion and mistrust of the group and confronted once more by the inbred, feral and savagely ruthless Crawlers, Sarah must draw on all her inner reserves of strength and courage in a desperate final struggle for deliverance and redemption. Written by
The original draft of the script featured an alternative opening, which would have addressed the inconsistency between the different versions of the first film (the US version omits the final scene, where it's revealed that Sarah's escape from the cave was a hallucination). The opening scene would have shown Sarah following a vision of her daughter into an abyss and ending up in a lake that would take her outside the cave. This explains why the dog used to trace Sarah's steps later in the film stops at the lake, rather than the side of a mountain as per the ending of the US version of the first movie. See more »
Greg falls off of the cliff where Sam's body is still hanging from her rope from the first movie. He's later found on the bone pit, barely alive. But in the first movie, Sam's body is above a water-filled pit which Juno falls into and finishes off one of The Crawlers. They'd already found the bone pit in a different location. See more »
A sequel that will make fans of the first movie feel deeply down.
The Descent was a movie that really didn't seem as if it needed a sequel. Yet here is this sequel to prove that . . . . . it really didn't.
Things follow on immediately from the end of the first movie but, be warned, it's the unliked, inferior ending that this movie chooses to go with and not the UK ending that so impressed fans. People are searching for the girls who went spelunking and, when they come across a lead, they decide to band together and enter the very cave system that others didn't return from. Makes sense (please, please register the sarcasm there).
This movie is not a terrible movie and would have been more palatable if adapted into something more original but it IS a terrible sequel to the fantastic first movie. It's a terrible sequel for a number of reasons.
First of all, it changes things that were left satisfactorily concluded at the end of The Descent, which is bloody infuriating. It actually sours your opinion on the overall story arch of the first movie until you go back and watch it again as a standalone piece.
Secondly, it not only has the audacity to repeat a few of the scares from the first movie but then goes on to follow them up with inferior, imitation scares that just don't work (remember the bad timing of the beeping watch in The Descent? see the exact same trick here but with a walkie talkie this time).
Thirdly, there's a final act that just seems to pile disappointment on top of disappointment. I can't go into detail without spoiling things so I won't but, trust me, the tension dissipates, you stop caring for people and there are no surprises.
Why is my rating so comparatively high then, in this case? Well, there are a few good scenes here and the first half of the movie led me alongside one or two characters I actually enjoyed spending time with. There's also a decent enough little punchline. But I really, really hope nobody tries to push for a part three. There should never have been a part two.
See this if you like: The Descent, The Cave, The Hills Have Eyes II.
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