I remember this one being sleek, smooth, well paced and interesting with an easy popcorn plot. I must have been drunk when I last watched this. It’s ridiculous plot, lack of direction and dreadful pacing makes difficult viewing with plenty of clock watching.
So where did it all go wrong? Danny Cannon takes the role as Director this time and to be honest, I’ve no idea how he’s ever made a career. His films usually stink. I enjoyed Goal, Young Americans was interesting, but apart from that, a 20 year career of crap town. He allows his stunning young cast to run rings around him, doing whatever they want with the script and totally exploding over zealous to the extreme. This at least keeps the film entertaining, as the plot is a farce.
Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is back, after not dying at the end of the last one; it was all a dream. It’s a year after the first and she’s been having bad dreams. Her room mate at college, Karla (Brandy) wins a radio competition for a luxury holiday for 4 on an Island, so off they go. Karla and her boyfriend, Tyrell (Mekhi Phifer), Julie and her admirer Will (Matt Settle). But the holiday turns into a nightmare when Ben Willis, the madman with the hook is back. Will Julie’s old flame Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr) make it to the island in time to save the day?
The cast are all pretty good. Brandy is interesting and a natural actress for this role really, the young Phifer is great and shows real potential. Jack Black is brilliant if not a little over the top and could have done with reeling in a little. Jeff Combs is, as he always is, a bit creepy, an Hewitt is perfect as expected. But with no real direction, they all just get a little over excited. Combs, Phifer and Black are all too in your face. Later on in the film, we have Brandy, Hewitt and Jennifer Esposito (Nancy the barmaid) just running all over the place, screaming and running and doing crazy unrealistic things. Then the new background for Ben Willis is announced, it’s a bloody farce and totally un-needed. The gore is all a bit lame too, and there’s a crazy bit of voodoo thrown in just for extra good measure, to confuse the plot further. And don’t get me started on Freddie Prinze. Never mind.