Picks and Pans Review: Basic Instinct 2

updated 04/10/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/10/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling

BY LEAH ROZEN

SUSPENSE

Flash and trash. That is what's served up, at length, in this slack sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct, the movie that turned a pantyless Stone into a star. She flashes again—baring top, bottom and parts in between—reprising her role as Catherine Tramell, a crime novelist with a taste for kinky sex and, possibly, killing. This time Catherine is in London, where she is seemingly falsely accused of murder. She comes on to the psychiatrist (Morrissey) evaluating her and soon, as corpses pile up, he must decide whether to believe her as well as whether to bed her. All of which is a more coherent rendering of the plot than it gets in the film, which mostly consists of Stone prowling about like a lioness in heat. She confuses giving attitude with acting, while Morrissey just looks agonized, an understandable reaction to the steaming mess in which he and his character are mired. (R)

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