Cert 18, #19.99 **
Starring: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis, Hugh Dancy, Indira Varma, Iain Robertson, Stan Collymore.
Sharon Stone sheds her inhibitions once more in this lack lustre sequel, which shifts the action from San Francisco to London, where best-selling crime novelist Catherine Tramell finds herself under investigation for the murder of Premiership football star Kevin Franks (Collymore).
Scotland Yard detective Roy Washburn (Thewlis) invites brilliant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Glass (Morrissey) to evaluate his prime suspect. The more time the medic spends with his sexy patient, staring lustily as her legs on his couch, the deeper he is drawn into her deadly game of desire and betrayal.
Ignoring the advice of his mentor, Dr Milena Gardosh (Rampling) Glass succumbs to his primal urges, allowing Catherine to probe the darkest recesses of his sexual desire.
Basic Instinct 2 follows the template of the original film, bump for grind, contriving an overblown murder mystery with lashings of kinky sex and nudity.
After the amusing and preposterous opening sequence, featuring a spot of impromptu automobile sex and a dip in the River Thames, the film settles into a rhythm (so to speak), strutting from frenetic bonking to bloodshed.
Stone slinks through every frame, huskily trotting out the salty double entendres ("Who knows if I'll ever come again?"), shedding her figure-hugging apparel with alarming regularity including a brief spot of full frontal nudity around a Jacuzzi.
The leading couple share no palpable screen chemistry, while Rampling is reduced to a thankless role on the periphery. Thewlis's fantastically foul-mouthed cop is a fleeting delight. A bemusing coda, with contrives an implausible final twist, seems to have been added as an afterthougt.
DVD Extras: Director commentary, deleted scenes and alternative ending with director commentary, "Between The Sheets: A Look Inside Basic Instinct 2" featurette, "Art Of Seduction" featurette.