Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Fly 2 (1989)

Seth Brundle's genetically-altered offspring takes flight in THE FLY 2! Young Martin Brundle is taken in by Anton Bartok, the owner of Bartok Industries. Bartok raises him as if he were his own sick science experiment, monitoring his accelerated growth and learning patterns while waiting for any unexpected mutations. As Martin reaches maturity, he is brought on to finish the research his father had started on teleportation. After uncovering Bartok's true intentions for the devices and himself, Martin escapes with the help of a young lover, but without his daily injections, his rapidly changing chromosomes transform him into a monstrous human fly!

Chris Walas, the man responsible for the incredible creature effects in THE FLY, returns to direct the blood-soaked sequel. THE FLY 2 lacks much of the intelligence and bitingly dark humor from Cronenberg's film, but it is not the incompetent mess that it is often made out to be. Although it is not a direct remake of RETURN OF THE FLY, it does share many of the similar plot elements, including the surprisingly upbeat ending. Eric Stoltz is an awkward genius, which is very fitting for the role. Above all else, the gory special effects and spindly creature designs are top-notch, displaying some of Walas' finest work. Martin's insectoid form looks much more like a giant six-foot tall fly than his father Seth's mutated state, complete with four arms and a nasty temper. Unfortunately, much of the plot falls back on the redundant retooling of past ideas before finally giving way to the all-out chaos in the end. THE FLY 2 may be a huge step down from the original, but the monster mayhem makes it an entertaining watch.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

4 comments:

  1. Have to agree - although it was not the blockbuster of the first one, as far as sequels go, it is better than most.

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  2. Many people despise this film, but really, how are you going to follow up Cronenberg's film any other way? No matter what, it cannot live up to the original, and I thought they took this in the next logical direction.

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  3. I don't mind the plot at all, but I do wonder about that monster. That looks nothing like a fly! What the hell is that supposed to be?!?

    I mean, it looks cool and all, but it's not a fly.

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  4. Comparatively, its a lot closer to a fly than Brundlefly, who looks more like a killer crawdad, but I'll agree to that, its more like something out of XTRO 2

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