In many ways, this direct-to-DVD sequel plays like a low-budget remake of the 1997 original. There’s the return of Alix Koromzay as Remi, which sounds cool on paper except for the fact that her role is so miniscule in the first one that she doesn’t really register as particularly interesting, and that extends to this full-length leading role. She’s charmingly quirky at first here rbut she grows tiresome fast, while the screenplay so relies on the first movie’s structure and effective shots (like the water-soaked crane shots and ominous, iconographic visual nods to Universal’s classic monster movies) that it only serves to remind you how cheap this one looks. With no particularly interesting characters and a familiar, repetitive narrative it just goes on and on until you lose interest, and realize there’s still another 45 minutes left. A few elements work here and there (in particular the jarring final shot, which suggests an interesting angle for the story straight out of David Cronenberg’s “The Fly”) but overall it’s bland at best and mediocre at worst, so take it or leave it.
Rating: ★★ (out of 5)