As I watch yet another sequel, my mind is bogged down to one thought only. What a sequel is for, basically? My guess is – it’s an attempt to take the story ahead where the character graduates and moves through different phases of life, like in Godfather, Batman etc; sometimes, it might use the same characters for a different storyline coz the audience loved the chemistry between the characters like Hangover, or it might just be a repetition of the original script because the director, for some reason, believes that the audience just wants to see the ditto, as in Hostel and Descent. But most of all, I have come to the conclusion, it’s an attempt to reap benefits of one successful blockbuster and carry it forward. There’s no guaranteed success for the same movie with a distinct and different name and it might not appeal to as many audience as adding “2” to a pre-existing movie title would.

As I watch Basic Instinct 2, I can vouch for the director’s desperation to create huge numbers and high success for a lame and lousy script. I might have missed this movie for sure had it not been for the “guilty pleasure” aura that surrounds basic instinct and for the sensuous and steamy chemistry between Catherine Trammel (Sharon Stone) and Detective Nick(Michael Douglas).

15 years later since the original movie, if for nothing else but for the audacity displayed in the original movie, Sharon Stone is still retained as the rich and controversial novelist Catherine Tramell who gets a high by living on the edge. The movie starts with Catherine and a sports star moving in a speeding car and doing “the thing”, we are here to watch. An uncontrollable car in an underwater crash leads to the death of the sports-star and voila! Our pretty heroine gets in trouble again.

In order to assess her mental state and gauge her threat levels for herself and others, Catherine is sent to criminal psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey) for a psychological evaluation. Michael, himself is going through a rough phase of life – a divorce underway, his wife having an affair with a reporter and the guilt of the murder committed by an accused whom he gave a clean chit. As with Basic Instinct 1, our pretty Catherine knows it all and uses it aptly to manipulate this guy. Michael presents a shady analysis good enough to let her go free, but Catherine can’t let Michael go. For some mysterious reason, she wants to make him her shrink and reveal her body and soul (literally!). As the vague and absurd sessions continue, since Sharon is already old enough not to do a steamy sequel performance, our Michael is turned-on enough to take on any and every girl in the movie and in the end, Catherine too. As Michael is drawn to her sexual and intriguing demeanor, a series of odd murders begin to take place.

As the movie goes on to create a sense of heightened drama and reveals the mystery – Boy do you feel any sense of awe or shock. Neither the script nor the climax manages to develop and maintain the expected sense of a passionate mystery and you are actually glad when the movie comes to an end. Back in 1992, when Basic Instinct was among the first ones to venture into this arena, to 2006, when there is nothing extra-ordinary about any such theme, the script here is too weak to stand on its own and definitely needs the crutches of a sequel tag for creating a buzz. The movie showcases sex-scenes and erotic dialogues without any heat and passion. Sharon appears too old to create that shady and dark image as the original movie and actually gives a low-graded image to the character. Michael too is not able to deliver much in terms of performance. It doesn’t come as a surprise at all that the movie got nominated for 7 Razzies in 2007 and won 4 of them – for worst actress (Sharon stone), worst picture, worst sequel and worst screenplay.

After creating a hullaballoo for her performance in the earlier movie to getting a “worst actress” razzie for this movie, Sharon really must be thinking about her basic instinct for picking up this movie.