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Basic Instinct 2 (also known as Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction) is a 2006 erotic thriller film and the sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels and Andrew G. Vajna. The screenplay was by Leora Barish and Henry Bean. It stars Sharon Stone, who reprises her role of Catherine Tramell from the original, and David Morrissey. The film is an international co-production of Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Spain.

Basic Instinct 2
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Caton-Jones
Produced by
Written by
Based onCharacters created
by Joe Eszterhas
Music by
CinematographyGyula Pados
Edited by
  • István Király
  • John Scott
Distributed by
Release date
  • 30 March 2006 (2006-03-30) (Germany)
  • 31 March 2006 (2006-03-31)
Running time
114 minutes[1]
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Box office$38.6 million[2]

The film follows novelist and suspected serial killer Catherine Tramell, who is once again in trouble with the authorities. Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her after. As with Detective Nick Curran in the first film, Glass becomes a victim of Tramell's seductive games.

After being in development limbo for several years, the film was shot in London from April to August 2005, and was released on 31 March 2006. Following numerous cuts, it was released with an R rating for "strong sexuality, nudity, violence, language, and some drug content". Unlike its predecessor, the film received negative reviews and fell short of commercial expectations.



Set in London, the film opens with American best-selling author Catherine Tramell in a speeding car with her companion, Kevin Franks, a famous English football star. Tramell takes the man's hand and begins masturbating with it, all the while increasing her vehicle's speed. At the point of orgasm, Tramell veers off the road and crashes into the West India Docks in Canary Wharf. She attempts to save her partner but, as she says while being questioned by the police, "When it came down to it, I guess my life was more important to me than his".

Tramell is interrogated by Scotland Yard Detective Supt. Roy Washburn, who notes that D-Tubocurarine, a neuromuscular blocking agent used to relax muscles during general anaesthesia, was found in her car and in her companion's body, and the companion was not breathing at the time of the crash, and that a man named "Dicky Pep" said that he sold Tramell "15 milliliters of DTC last Thursday". Tramell counters by saying that this Dicky Pep must be lying because "you've got him on some other charge and he's trying to deal his way out, if he even exists".

Tramell begins therapy sessions with Dr. Michael Glass, who has conducted a court-ordered psychiatric exam and given testimony in her case. Glass strongly suspects that Tramell is a narcissist incapable of telling the difference between right and wrong. Tramell begins to play mind games with Glass, who becomes increasingly frustrated and intrigued by her. Meanwhile, the journalist boyfriend of Glass's ex-wife, who was in the process of writing a story critical of Glass, is found strangled to death. More murders begin to surface around Glass, including his own ex-wife, as his obsession with Tramell grows and his career and life are threatened; he begins to suspect that Tramell is committing the murders and attempting to frame him for them. Glass increasingly cannot distinguish between right and wrong, and the police begin to suspect him. He confronts Tramell at her apartment where they engage in passionate sex. Tramell gives Glass a copy of the draft of her next novel, titled The Analyst. After reading it, he realises that Tramell has novelised most of the recent events with herself and Glass as characters. A character based on Glass's colleague, Dr. Gardosh, is depicted as the next murder victim in the novel.

Glass runs to Gardosh's apartment to warn her, finding Tramell already there. Gardosh informs him that he is no longer in charge of Tramell's therapy and that his license will be revoked. Glass and Gardosh struggle, and she is knocked unconscious. Tramell then threatens Glass with a gun she carries, but Glass takes it away from her. When Washburn arrives at the scene, Tramell manipulates Glass into shooting him.

In the final scene, Tramell pays a visit to Glass at a local mental hospital where he has been institutionalised, and he learns from her that the novel has become a best-seller. Tramell claims that she manipulated Glass into committing all those murders, and flashbacks are shown of Glass committing the murders. Tramell leaves with a smirk on her face, while Glass continues to sit silently in his wheelchair.



Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 153 reviews and an average rating of 3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Unable to match the suspense and titilation of its predecessor, Basic Instinct 2 boasts a plot so ludicrous and predictable it borders on so-bad-it's-good."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 26 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[4] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[5]

BBC film critic Mark Kermode gave it a positive review.[6] Roger Ebert gave the film 1.5 stars out of a possible 4, but nonetheless gave a qualified recommendation of the film despite its flaws.[7]

At the 27th Golden Raspberry Awards, the film (dubbed by the ceremony as "Basically, It Stinks, Too") won four Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Sharon Stone), Worst Prequel or Sequel, and Worst Screenplay (Leora Barish and Henry Bean). It also earned nominations for Worst Director (Michael Caton-Jones), Worst Supporting Actor (David Thewlis), and Worst Screen Couple (Sharon Stone's lopsided breasts).[8]

Box officeEdit

The film was a noteworthy failure at the box office. The film grossed only $3,201,420 (averaging just $2,203 per theater) in its first weekend of release in the United States.[9] This placed it a poor 10th in top gross, against such competition as Ice Age: The Meltdown (opening the same weekend), V for Vendetta and Inside Man. Low as the opening weekend was, the second week drop-off was just under 70% to just $1,017,607, averaging a mere $700 per theatre, nearly the worst of the year. (Only Harsh Times and Eragon dropped off more.) In the end, the film was in theatres for only 17 days before Sony decided to stop tracking its progress, and finished with a domestic gross of only $5,971,336.[2]

The film found more success outside the United States, earning $32,658,142, giving Basic Instinct 2 a worldwide theatrical gross of $38,629,478.[2]

Moviefone ranked the film as No. 16 on its Top 25 Box Office Bombs of All Time.[10]

Cancelled sequelEdit

Plans for a third film have been scrapped due to the film's poor box office reception. However, in April 2006, Stone said she'd be interested in directing a potential third installment.[11]


  1. ^ "BASIC INSTINCT 2 (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 17 March 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Basic Instinct 2 (2006)". Retrieved 23 April 2006.
  3. ^ "Basic Instinct 2 (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Basic Instinct 2 Reviews". Metacritic.
  5. ^ "CinemaScore".
  6. ^ Mark Kermode - Basic Instinct 2. 24 December 2009 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "It's a lot of things, but boring is not one of them. I cannot recommend the movie, but ... why the hell can't I? Just because it's godawful? What kind of reason is that for staying away from a movie? Godawful and boring, that would be a reason.""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2016. Retrieved 2015-03-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Golden Raspberry Award Foundation".
  9. ^ "Basic Instinct 2 (2006) – Weekend Box Office". Retrieved 5 April 2006.
  10. ^ "Moviefone Top 25 Box Office Bombs of All Time". Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  11. ^ "Sharon Stone – Stone To Direct Basic Instinct 3".

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