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Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language and some drug content

Reviewed by: Bob Rossiter
CONTRIBUTOR

Very Offensive
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Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Drama, Romance, Thriller, Sequel
Length:
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
2006
USA Release:
March 31, 2006 (wide)
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Relevant Issues
Copyright, MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures

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Can a lesbian or gay person go to heaven? Answer
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What should be the attitude of the church toward homosexuals and homosexuality? Answer

Read stories about those who have struggled with homosexuality

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How can I deal with temptations? Answer

What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer

Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer

Are you going to Heaven?
Featuring: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis, Stan Collymore
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Producer: Denise O’Dell, Mark Albela, Mario Kassar
Distributor: MGM Pictures, C-2 Pictures, Sony Pictures

“Everything interesting begins in the mind.”

What do “Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction” (2006), “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964), and “Hercules In New York” (1970) have in common? They have made the Internet Movie Data Base list of the bottom 100 movies. It isn’t amazing to me that “Risk Addiction” achieved this.

Sharon Stone plays Catherine Tramell, an author of sexy criminal novels who is addicted to risk and sex—preferably together. A male passenger in her car is killed after an accident where she is driving fast and masturbating at the same time.

Roy Washburn (David Thewlis) is the detective assigned to the task of taking her to trial. His methods aren’t always legitimate, and he’s decided she is going to pay for what she’s done. In order to put her behind bars he requests a psychiatric exam from Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey) who is very experienced and harsh in his judgments in criminal cases.

Dr. Glass accepts Tramell as a patient, but almost immediately realizes something is amiss. It seems everyone associated with her ends up dead. She makes no threats during their sessions so Glass is held to “client privilege” not to say anything. He had a similar experience some years before where one of his clients killed someone, and was determined to not let it happen again. He needed to find out if Tramell really was killing all these people, and if so, how to stop her.

The quality of the film and acting is average, but I heard only one thing that was accurate. Dr. Glass at one point talked about addictive behavior. He said that a person yielding to an addiction tends to need increasingly more intense events to maintain their thrill.

“Basic Instinct” is a mindless movie trying to appeal to those who want sexual “eye candy.” The viewer appeal is so narrow that many won’t be interested. The most common attraction is suggestive clothing, but the movie includes everything up to full frontal female and full rear male nudity. There are two instances where there is full male and female nudity during acts of sex.

There is also implied sex and acts of masturbation along with sex talk throughout. There are more than 30 sexual slang terms used while f* takes up another 20 plus instances. God’s name is also misused a half dozen times.

Five different actors turned down roles in “Risk Addiction”, at least two of them because of elements in the film. I’m sure many who watch the movie will ask themselves, “Why didn’t I join them in staying away?”

Violence: Minor / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Extreme

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer Comments
Negative—Overall, tries to “shock” the audience from the start. Totally without moral value. Yeah, Sharon Stone looks good in the movie… shouldn’t she? She probably got a lot of $$ to make it, and she hasn’t appeared in anything lately. Take a stupid movie and multiply it by 1000 = “Basic Instinct 2”. There is nothing redeeming, nothing to make you leave the theater feeling good about yourself or mankind. Just avoid like the plague. No Christian values in this movie. Action scenes mildly amusing. Acting horrible. No wonder it almost instantly made it into the “50 Worst Movies Of All Time” hall of fame.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—John, age 35
Comments from young people
Negative—What a boring movie. …not good enough to entertain. Just a pointless shocker-filled movie.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 2
—Cody, age 16