29 October 2010 | Michael_Elliott
A Sequel We Didn't Need
Octopus 2 (2001)
* 1/2 (out of 4)
NY harbor patrol officer Nick Hartfeld (Michael Reilly Burke) witnesses a large octopus kill his partner and best friend but no one will believe him even after other people mysteriously vanish. He teams up with a woman and soon the two find that the octopus is going to be much harder to destroy than they originally thought. I'm not overly certain the first OCTOPUS really needed a sequel but we got one and sadly it's not nearly as good. I think fans of "nature" movies might get a few laughs out of it but for me the thing really fell apart at the thirty-minute mark and could never recover. I thought the first half-hour was pretty good as we get things started off with a silly drug raid but the first couple attacks really aren't that bad. There's some horrendous CGI used in certain shots but there are also a few shots that seem to be some sort of mechanical creature. The look is obvious cheap but I must admit that I found it effective enough when it was on screen and God knows it was certainly a lot better than the CGI stuff. The attack scenes really aren't all that memorable and this includes a couple silly death scenes that contain no suspense. I think what really kills the film is all the personal drama with the cop and his lady friend. It's pretty poorly written and not for a second did I believe anything that I was seeing. However, most people aren't coming to this for any type of story so I think there's enough action that some will enjoy this thing. Like most Nu Image films, this one is ultra cheap but some people are going to enjoy that and I'm sure the silly action will appeal to some. One good thing is the performance by Burke who fits into the role nicely but the screenplay just doesn't do enough for him.