Now not each and every hit (*7*) wishes a sequel. When Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho” graced the large display screen in 2000, it become one of the crucial mentioned motion pictures of the 12 months. Christian Bale’s efficiency as psychopathic assassin Patrick Bateman become iconic, proving to be Bale’s breakout position as an grownup actor. When a direct-to-video, Bale-and-Harron-less sequel was once greenlit two years later, (*7*) fanatics become understandably suspicious; they did not know the part of it.
Kunis agreed to big name in a movie known as “The Lady Who Would not Die,” which had not more affiliation with “American Psycho” than it did “Teletubbies.” After manufacturing started, the script was once altered to create a (tenuous at best) connection to the hit movie. Bret Easton Ellis, and later Kunis herself weren’t happy.
The movie tells the story of Rachael (Kunis), a criminology pupil vying for a educating assistant gig who starts killing off the contest. Erasing the entirety its predecessor tried to do — together with, very actually, killing Bateman mere mins into the movie – this direct-to-video dud dispatches the entire meta statement and feminist subtext of Harron’s movie for generic sexual mystery cliches. On the time of its 2022 free up, Kunis was once an up-and-comer thank you to “That ’70s Display,” however that could not save a horrendous script that now not even the manufacturers had sufficient religion in to face up to the temptation of slathering an “American Psycho” coat of paint in all places it.
The one vivid spot within the movie comes by means of William Shatner’s efficiency as an boastful professor. Whilst “American Psycho” has remained an ’00s vintage, “American Psycho II” has the respect of being from time to time discussed as an ill-intentioned interest along the likes of “Caddyshack II,” “The Sting II,” “Son of the Masks,” and “Dumb and Dumberer.”