The Descent: Part 2 (2009) Movie Review

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The Descent: Part 2 (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller, Adventure
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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The Descent: Part 2 Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Descent: Part 2 (2009) Review

The Descent: Part 2 (2009) is a rated R 1h 34 min British adventure horror film that is a sequel to The Descent (2005) and was shot in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, UK and several locations in England, UK. The movie had an estimated budget of $6.2 million and grossed a little over $6.7 million at the box offices. Director Jon Harris (T2 Trainspotting (2017), The Woman in Black (2012), 127 Hours (2010), Layer Cake (2004)) did a fantastic job executing this film that had minor blemishes. The movie contains extreme violence, gore, suspense, twist, bad language, graphic images, cave, hand chopped off, crushed to death, self-sacrifice, head bashed in, defecation, bottomless pit and head smashed with a rock.

The Descent Part 2 starts off from where The Descent (2005) ended in North America where a trucker picked up hysterical Sarah who was soaked with blood and took her to the hospital. A rescue team is searching the area where Sarah and the girls are supposed to be unknown to them that Sarah is on her way to the hospital. American Sheriff Vaines (Gavan O’Herlihy - Willow (1988), Superman III (1983), Never Say Never Again (1983)) and Officer Rios (Krysten Cummings) visits Sarah after they found out that she has been found.

Sarah (Shauna Macdonald - The Descent (2005), Filth (2013), Howl (2015)) cannot remember what happened in the caves because she is suffering from amnesia. It was heartbreaking seeing Sarah as she hears that her young daughter is dead, but Vaines thinks that she is acting and suspects Sarah of having something to do with her friend’s disappearance. Sheriff Vaines took Sarah back to the caves to help him find the missing girls since Sarah is familiar with the caves. The movie continues showing Sarah and the team doing their thing in the cave.

I cannot get over how similar The Descent: Part 2 is to Aliens including Ripley’s (Alien) character and Sarah’s character having so many things in common. Sarah and Ripley both had to be reminded that their young daughter died. They both had to listen to people who thought they knew more than the two females and took them back to places they do not want to go back to. With that said, it was gross seeing how the Crawlers live (their communal toilet) but the reveal at the end with the bigger Crawler was mind blowing. I sympathized with Sarah when she was listening to the camcorder footage and her memory starting coming back to her.

I gave the movie a six because it had flaws including no characterization/character development. All of the actors gave us fabulous performances and did a fantastic job with their characters. Cinematographer Sam McCurdy did an amazing job as well as the editor and sound department. The action scenes were shot well but The Descent Part: 2 was not as claustrophobic as it’s predecessor. The Crawlers in Part 2 appears to be a little bit more muscular than the previous movie. The twist at the ending of the film was absolutely crazy in a bad way.

  • The Descent: Part 2 Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.16
  • IMDB: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.6

About The Descent: Part 2 2009

Title: The Descent: Part 2
Year: 2009
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.08/5 stars from 38,372 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 38,372
MPAA Rating: R
The Descent: Part 2 Cast Starring: Mac McDonald, Teresa Mahoney, MyAnna Buring, Shauna Macdonald, Robin Berry, Nora-Jane Noone, Josh Dallas, Michael J. Reynolds, Anna Skellern, Josh Cole, Saskia Mulder, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Gavan O'Herlihy, Nicholas Daines, Kengo Oshima, Krysten Cummings, Adam Harvey, Jessika Williams, Douglas Hodge, Doug Ballard
The Descent: Part 2 Writers: James McCarthy, J Blakeson, James Watkins
The Descent: Part 2 Director: Jon Harris
Production: Celador Films
Language: English
Country: UK