The Fly II (1989)
Article 5829 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Chris Walas
Featuring Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson
Country: USA / UK / France
What it is: A gooey mess
Will Seth Brundle’s son turn into a hideous mutant like his dad?
I have to confess that at this point, I haven’t seen the Cronenberg movie to which this is a sequel. It’s a shame; I would have liked to compare them both to see how much of retread this one might be. As it is, I’ll just react to it as an individual movie. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Then I began to notice certain things about the movie; the soundtrack is a bit on the overbearing side, there’s way too many bad guys acting like bad guys (especially that repulsive security guard). The problem with having such obvious bad guys is that it makes it hard to care when the movie nears its climax; we don’t really find ourselves in their shoes when they’re being stalked. Yes, the special effects are good, but what do you expect when the director is the guy who did the special effects in the original? In the end, I found that, despite the attempt at fleshing out the characters during the first half of the movie, it largely turns into a “monster on the loose” movie with an extra helping of gore and goo. I’m afraid this one didn’t quite do it for me.