Tooled and polished for maximum epater le bourgeois
value by gleeful bad boys Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas, BASIC INSTINCT (1992) was many things, including controversial, vulgar, preposterously plotted, gory, defiantly un-PC, dazzlingly art-directed, and utterly nonsensical and shamelessly smutty in a deeply juvenile way. But it was never dull. If only the same were true of the much-delayed sequel written by Leora Barish and Henry Bean and directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Bisexual thrill killer Catherine Trammell (a haggard Sharon Stone, reprising the role that made her infamous) has relocated to London without losing any of her old habits. She still coll...