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THE DESCENT PART 2
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS:  94 minutes, audio commentary, making-of featurette, storyboard gallery, deleted scenes
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles:  English, Spanish
 
STUDIO:  Lionsgate/ Celador Films/ Pathe!
RELEASE DATE:  4-27-2010

THE DESCENT Part 2 continues from where the first one left off.  It is a solid sequel with a couple of surprises in the last half hour.   Local sheriff Redmond Vaines drags along the survivor from the first film (Sarah) along with a rescue team and his deputy.  Sarah's memory is fractured from her experiences in the first film.   The rescue team finds a way into the caves via an abandonded mine.    Soon the team find themselves in trouble and up against the Crawlers as Sarah must deal with her  memory.

THE DESCENT Part 2 does the rare thing for a sequel.  It doesn't suck.  It doesn't make you think they shouldn't have made the sequel since the second one has turned out so bad.   THE DESCENT Part 2 continues the story of the first while introducing new characters and finding a reason why Sarah would end up back in the characters would end back up in the caves.   It serves the role of sequel by being different and yet not way too different.  The ending does leave a couple things to question as it allows the audience to fill in the blanks as it doesn't show you all of it.  I do wish they fleshed out the characters more than just providing little hints about them to help drive the story.  Jon Harris does a good directing job, but I wish we knew a little more about the rescue team before they started getting picked off.  Despite those little quibbles, I enjoyed the sequel.   The ending does leave a couple of possibilities for a next film since they don't clearly show the end of two characters.   The film lets you fill in the blanks.  I know Jon Harris says the sequel provides a way of finishing the story, but they have a way to take it into a Part 3 if they wished to do so.

SPECIAL FETAURES:
An audio commentary was recorded for the film with Director Jon Harris and Actors Shauna MacDonald, Krysten Cummings, and Amy Skellern.
 
THE MAKING OF THE DESCENT PART 2: DEEPER & DARKER is a making-of you should watch after the film since it does spoil the entire plot as it talks about the character arcs, set design, and how the Crawlers were changed for the sequel.
The storyboard gallery show storyboards of key scenes in the film.
 
The deleted scenes mostly amount to stuff cut from the first half of the film, a deleted dream sequence, and an alternate opening credits sequence (with and without credits).
 
FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE DESCENT Part 2 is a solid sequel.   It provides a couple of surprises while maybe leaving the door open for more.
 
this DVD review is (c)5-1-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com