“This island didn’t have a murder rate until you people showed up!”
This rushed, “money-grab” sequel to the original, I Know What You Did Last Summer, tries to be clever like its 1997 predecessor, but comes off as predictable and bland. The camera tries to sell the movie, mostly through Jennifer Love Hewitt who returns as Julie James (the audience gets an eyeful during a sunbed scene).
How many people run in terror with their shirt wide open? I guess filmmakers just had to duplicate Julie’s frustrating plea/”come and get me” dare to the villians from the previous installment here.
Ray Bronson, played by the returning Freddie Prinze Jr., and Julie’s other friends are chosen by her to go on an all expenses paid trip to a Caribbean resort that she wins on the radio.
Once the characters arrive, the plot tries for surprising twists but fails with forced, implausible assumptions about the resort staff. Pop singer Brandy Norwood stars as Hewitt’s friend Karla and Jennifer Esposito plays a bartender named Nancy who gets caught up in the horror filled mess.
Mekhi Phifer plays Tyrell, Matthew Settle plays Will Benson, Muse Watson plays Ben Willis, and John Hawkes plays Dave. Jack Black has a notable, but uncredited role as Titus Telesco.
The characters never get to have any real fun because the rain pours on them for most of the film. The characters express obvious disappointment in their dialogue as they waddle and pout around the resort looking for fun things to do, then having them ruined by the antagonist killer. It’s very easy to express disappointment in this movie that doesn’t deliver many thrills at all.
Not recommended (1/2 out of four stars) and rated R for intense terror violence and gore, strong language and some drug use.