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Wild Things 2
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // April 20, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted April 19, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

A sequel seemingly thrown together to try and grab some success based upon name recognition of the 1998 original, "Wild Things 2" (aka "The Glades") focuses on Brittney Havers (Susan Ward), a rich Florida teenager living with mean-spirited, rich stepfather Niles Dunlop (Anthony Denison). After it's revealed that Niles has some gambling debts, he has engine trouble in his private plane, which is revealed to be due to tampering (someone let rats loose in the plane, which apparently chewed through the wires).

Brittney finds out that she's entitled to little of her stepfather's will, since she was not a "blood heir". Another student, Maya King (Leila Arcieri) finds out about the will and tries to swing a courtroom in her favor, as she comes forward stating that she's the illegitimate child of Dunlap. Of course, there's an insurance investigator (Isaiah Washington) on the scene to try and weed out who's really behind what.

And, of course, nothing is really as it seems - yet, everything turns out pretty much the way most will predict it does, as the movie often covers a similar structure to the original. The performances aren't too bad, but Ward and Arcieri aren't as electric a pairing as Denise Richards and Neve Campbell were in the original picture. Surprisingly, the picture doesn't even feature as much sex as the original - what nudity there is here is obviously done by doubles.

The film's plot holes are big enough to drive though and the film's trashiness isn't nearly as trashy or fun as the original's, but the performances aren't half bad and the film looks a little better than its straight-to-video roots would suggest. Certainly not great or even good, but I've seen worse. See the original film, or, better yet, see "Bound".


The DVD

VIDEO: "Wild Things 2" is presented by Columbia/Tristar in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a perfectly fine presentation, with little in the way of concerns. Sharpness and detail was generally quite solid, although shadow detail seemed a little lackluster at times. Some light compression artifacts were spotted at times, but edge enhancement remained minor. The print used appeared to be in fine shape, with no debris or other wear visible. The film's warm color palette looked nicely saturated, with no smearing or other faults.

SOUND: The film's 5.1 sound mix is enjoyable, if not terribly ambitious. The dynamic-sounding score is spread nicely across the front speakers, with some minor reinforcement from the surrounds. The rear speakers don't provide much otherwise, but they do kick in with some minimal ambience and the occasional discrete effect. Dialogue remained clear and easily understood.
EXTRAS: A 22-minute "making of" documentary and trailers for "Wild Things 2", "Wild Things", "Sin", "Cruel Intentions" and "In The Cut".

Final Thoughts: "Wild Things 2" has plenty of twists, but they're fairly predictable and aren't quite as fun the second time around after the similar original. Columbia/Tristar's DVD offers fine picture/sound quality, but not much in the way of supplements. Rent it.

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