Update On The Descent 2 and It's Not Looking Good
When I learned that a sequel to 2006's The Descent was in the works, I was immediately excited - not because of continuing the story, per se, but because the original was just so good. But when I heard that Neil Marshall wouldn't be returning to direct, my enthusiasm withered. And with the plot details revealed today, I'd have to say that even my interest is waning at this point. Cinematical brings us a number of interesting details, which if you've seen the original brings about a number of disappointing realizations. Warning: the are some spoilers below if you're ready to continue.
First up is that sole survivor Sarah (Shauna MacDonald) will be returning. That seems logical, since she did get out (at least in the US version). But apparently Juno (Natalie Mendoza) will be reprising her role as well. Wait, what? Last we saw Juno she was dealing with a pickax through her thigh and a dozen cave-dwelling albino critters bearing down on her. So how exactly does she escape?
Put that aside and let's move onto the next weird point. Apparently Sarah is "forced back into the system of caves she battled her way out of in the first film, in a bid to locate the rest of her group." So maybe Sarah rescues Juno; but that doesn't make sense either, since Sarah drove off in a frenzy and Juno surely would have been cave-kill by the time she returned. But why in the hell would Sarah go back? We witnessed everyone else die, and Juno was surely a goner. And judging from Sarah's crazy-eyed sprint, I find it hard to believe she'd go back for anything, much less a home-wrecking bohemian.
Writer James Watkins certainly has his work cut out for him. But I can't say anything he's done prior leaves room for encouragement. Making it worse, the sequel marks John Harris' directorial debut. All considered, this smells of bastardizing something that was great in order to make the quick, cliche Hollywood buck. Not to hate on these guys, but the Descent isn't positioned for some half-assed extension. And if you're at all cued into to the original, you know in the UK version no one got out of the cave. Good luck taking the sequel overseas, then.
Given that The Descent is still one of my all-time favorites, this is pretty disappointing news. What are your thoughts?