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Basic Instinct 2 is a film that was released in 2006. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew G. Vajna. It is the sequel to the original film Basic Instinct which was released in 1992. It stars Sharon Stone who reclaims the role of the bestselling author Catherine Tramell. Who just like in the original possesses a seductive power, and uses her sexuality to her advantage. Other roles in the film are played by, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, and David Thewlis. Having been trapped in development or for lack of better words development limbo for some time, the film was finally released with an R rating, based on the graphic nature of the movie. There are several strong sexual themes, nudity, language, and violence. Running time for this film is around 114 minutes.

Taking place in London, Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) once again becomes caught in the heat of law enforcement. This time it involves the death of her football star boyfriend, Kevin Franks. Who happens to drown in a car accident, involving the two, it is later found out that muscle relaxers were not only found in Tramell's car but also more importantly in the deceased Franks's body. On top of that it is also discovered that Franks wasn't breathing before the accident took place. Making him dead before, he had presumably drowned.

After the initial interrogation, Catherine begins therapy with police psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Glass, who believes she is a sociopath. Of course this is where Tramell perhaps does what she does best, in playing mind games with the Dr., growing increasingly interested in his patient, and apparently taking on a bit of an obsession with her. Eventually this leads Dr. Glass right into Catherine Tramell's web. His personal life begins to take a major turn for the worse.

Meanwhile Dr. Glass's friend and partner in law enforcement Detective Roy Washburn believes, she is absolutely guilty. As the film progresses more and more murders begin to take place. Unfortunately for Dr. Michael Glass they are all in connection to his personal life. This leads the authorities to obviously suspect the Dr. in all of the murders. He begins to question Catherine Tramell's true intentions and his intrigue and obsession with her begins to grow into paranoia. He believes Tramell is purposely framing him for the recent murders. This state of mind begins to take its toll on the Dr. in some sort of sick ironic twist the one who was thought to be in control, could actually be being controlled and manipulated by the seductive mysterious woman.

As the frustration builds, and the evidence piles up, Glass does everything in his power to prove she is guilty of the committed murders. All indications begin to point out that this may not be the case, as what he is trying to prove becomes more and more of a contradiction. When Glass reads a copy of Tramell's next novel in the works, he discovers that there are many connections to the previous murders. As if the book is playing out real life events. This leads to his realization that his colleague's life is threatened. After finding this out he rushes to alarm her. By the time he gets there, Catherine Trammell has already beat him to it ensuring, a climatic ending.

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Stars
Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling, David Thewlis, Hugh Dancy
Director
Michael Caton-Jones
Language
English
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