I wanted to give this movie a “Full Blouse Feature” but I am sorry to say that this was a totally substandard film and sequel in every way. Unless you are a heaving cleavage fan. Without baring all, Jennifer Love Hewitt has raised the bar on breast presentation. A friend told me that another reviewer had noted (accurately) that this movie was everything Scream 2 said was stupid and wrong about sequels. Tsk! Nothing really wrong with the acting, unlike many horror movies, but just nothing for them to act with.
I snuck in with a friend and was consoled by the lack of fiscal involvement. We weren’t scared and only a couple of times startled or horrified. The most mood-setting aspect of the experience was the fact that the lights were down already in the theatre even though they weren’t showing slides or anything yet. Motiveless behavior and utter disregard for a lot of what the first movie set up was the order of the day. EVERY sound had to be boobs, I mean, investigated by every one, regardless of how likely it was that the sound was of innocuous origin. The bulk of the movies takes place in the “off season” (early July) in the Bahamas, so there were grey cloudy days rivaled only by Penobscot and hurricanes rivaled only by firehoses.
Brandy was great, however, and I hope this movie doesn’t ruin her chest, I mean, chances of working more. Hewitt has already established her breasts, I mean, herself in other movies, but Brandy is still in the proving grounds. Mekhi Pfifer and new face what’s his name (as Will) round out our cozy quartet with weird side line boyfriend Ray from the first movie. Overall the movie was just not any fun, and that’s all I really ask of horror franchises, you know? I don’t need genuine deep dialogue, lessons to learn, or amazing production work, just a lot of fun. The first I Know What You Did Last Summer (and what an unfranchisable title! What’s the next one going to be, I’m Telling You, I Am Totally Aware What You Did 5 Years Ago?) was a hoot, nothing fancy, just a yeehaw ride. Check out my review! But ISKWYDLS is…well….blah.
It’s not irredeemable, it’s just forgettable. I recognized moments of tension (or attempts thereof) borrowed from other movies (even a bit that was one of the few great bits in Lost World), but they just didn’t happen for me. Or, apparently, the other 6 people in the audience.
A blah review for a blah movie. Do what you will with it.
MPAA Rating R -violence/gore, strong language ,drug use.
Release date 11/13/98
Time in minutes 96
Director Danny Cannon
Studio Sony Pictures