Trimark // 2002 // 88 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // August 20th, 2002
Angrier. Deadlier. Sexier.
Deranged '80s serial killer Patrick Bateman is dead...but his evil legacy of horror lives on in the from of Rachel Newman (Mila Kunis, TV's That '70s Show). When Rachel was just a small girl, she was abducted by Bateman while escorting her babysitter on a date with the maniacal mass murderer. Her babysitter was slaughtered but Rachel managed to escape -- though not before offing Bateman with an ice pick! Flash forward years later to Rachel's career aspirations: now at college, Rachel wants to study under former FBI profiler turned professor Dr. Daniels (William Shatner). Rachel's got the itch to catch serial killers like Patrick Bateman...though it doesn't seem to bother her that she may have to some killing of her own to achieve her dreams! Rachel aspires to be accepted at Quantico, which means she needs to land the position of being Dr. Daniels' assistant. A few obstacles stand her way (including three other students up for the same title), which means Rachel's going to have to cut some class -- and some bodies -- to make sure she comes out on top!
While there was a lot of controversial brouhaha over the original American Psycho, was it a film that really deserved or warranted a lackluster sequel, and a straight-to-video one at that? American Psycho 2 is directed by Morgan J. Freeman (no relation to the "other" Morgan Freeman), a guy whose credits include the obscure Boom and The Cherry Pickers. This doesn't bode well for the viewer. It's fairly obvious that the intent with this sequel was to capitalize on the original, though it seems as if that's too little, too late -- where as American Psycho featured Christian Bale in a gleefully insane performance, American Psycho 2 throws us Mila Kunis as a bubblehead co-ed whose grating voice pitch could shatter bullet-proof windows. Not one of the actors or actresses in American Psycho 2 are worth mentioning for the sole reason that they give unbelievably unmemorable performances. Part of the first film's appeal was that it was set in the 1980s and took a cold (if skewed) look at the decadent excess of the Reagan era. American Psycho 2 aspires only to be a typical teen slasher movie with an obvious ending that shows it doesn't have an original bone in its body. Admittedly there are a few rare instances of clever dialogue (and Kunis is devilishly sexy), though the stumpy mountains are never high enough to overshadows the valleys in which this movie dwells. As one watches from one death scene to the next, the biggest question that circulates is "what the heck is William Shatner doing in this movie?" The answer, of course, is picking up a paycheck.
American Psycho 2 is presented in what appears to be 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen (the package doesn't state the aspect ratio). While the image sports some minor flaws (edge enhancement being the most prominent), overall this is a solid effort by Trimark. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and sounds passable. Directional effects are utilized in multiple scenes while the dialogue is all clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are Spanish and English subtitles. Trimark has added a few "killer" extras to this disc, starting with a commentary by Morgan J. Freeman (who sounds like Jon Lovitz) and a second track by Freeman and actress Mila Kunis. The track featuring Freeman alone is far more technical than the second track featuring Kunis, which has its humorous moments. Also included in the supplemental section is an alternate opening scene (which doesn't really deviate from the film's original opening), some mildly funny outtakes, a reel of deleted scenes (which may have fleshed out the characters more had they been left in), and a trailer for the film. An Easter egg is also included on the main menu for some other Trimark DVD titles.
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* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Commentary Track with Director Morgan J. Freeman
* Commentary Track with Director Morgan J. Freeman and Actress Mila Kunis
* Deleted Scenes
* Theatrical Trailer
* Bonus Trailers
* The Crime Library: Serial Killers