Sub-Genre- Creepy Caves.
Cast Members of Note- Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, and some other people that played other parts, whom I'm not going to list.
The Descent, where Sara escapes from the ground and yells into the sky, she runs off through the woods and proceeds to attempt to car jack some poor rural rube driving done the road, with the help of a decoy deer... and that is the most interesting part of the movie.
Sara is hysterical, to the point that they have to sedate her and put her out. Seconds after they sedate her though, she's awake and answering questions for the Cops, looking wide awake and coherent, although she doesn't remember anything. Naturally, with no memory of anything and being heavily drugged, the Sheriff decides to take her out of the Hospital so that she can head back down into the caves to "show them around." Makes perfect sense.
|She looks fine to me.|
I didn't though. I wont give The Descent 2 the satisfaction. Nyah!
|Yep, that about sums it up.|
Gone is any the magic that made 2007's The Descent such a great and effective Horror movie. You know, like a tight script, taut directing, fresh and creepy ideas, and near flawless execution... Here, please be so kind as to allow me to rant for you...
Where to start? The premise of bringing a newly traumatized victim of such a tragedy, who is now safe and lucky to be alive, back underground where said trauma took place putting here right back in the face of potential danger, is ludicrous. No Cop on Earth would do that, and if they did, they suck at being a Cop. "She can tell us to go right or left." Really? You need a wounded, mentally-frayed amnesiac to help you decide which way to turn? Whoever wrote this movie failed. Big time.
The characters were dandy too, though I'm not sure whether their actions or dialogue was more insipid and frustrating. Both were equal I think. Shauna Macdonald overacted, which may be what she was directed to do, but as the film wore on, the emerging of her tough chick persona became painful to watch. The chick who played Juno (yes, she's alive, and I don't care if that's a spoiler) was even worse, making me face palm myself several times with her over the top insane actions and poses. Again, the script was bad, so maybe it's all on the writing team, but the actors just couldn't get it right. I wont even discuss the Sheriff and his Deputy, as I don't want to sound like I'm being mean just for the sake of being mean.
|This face was made 236 times during the movie... by me.|
The direction needs to take a shot in the nuts here to, as much of what was on screen just seemed campy rather than creepy, or even dramatic. The movements and the faces characters made, how certain scenes played out, the jump scares and obvious "It's behind you! Turn around!... oh, you turned around too slow and now it's gone..." that happened every 3 minutes.
|Yes, the actors actually mugged for the camera.|
Shauna Macdonald's cuteness could save this one...