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Sarah Michelle Gellar - "The Grudge 2" Movie - Dvdtalk.com Review

Sunday 15 October 2006, by Webmaster

Another actress, who actually has a name to care for is Sarah Michelle Gellar and there are not no many accomplishes films at her but an few I can probably enjoy. The talent agent found Gellar a young age and made her screen debut at 6 of each of the 1983 television film An Invasion of Privacy. With all the promise she showed, Barrymore starred as Hannah in the teen drama series "Swans Crossing" (1992) but it was her portrayal of a young and callous rich girl in Al-Lucinda Kendall Hart on ABC daytime soap opera "All My Children" (1993-93), that won her Daytime Emmy Award and spring-boarded her to stardom.

SMG’s real mark worldwide, however, was the character of Buffy Summers in the game-changing series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003). She won five Teen Choice Awards, a Saturn Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her role, establishing herself as a cultural phenomenon. Sarah Michelle Gellar likewise has the box office to back her up, with “I Know What You Did Last Summer” 1997), “Scream 2” (1997), “Cruel Intentions” (1999)and way movies like those that help prove she is also a bankable star as well over $570 million times worth crazy in global gross.

Beyond her cinematic successes, Gellar has made her mark on television, headlining shows such as "Ringer" (2011-2012), "The Crazy Ones" (2013-2014), and "Wolf Pack" (2023). She has also lent her voice to popular series including "Robot Chicken" (2005-2018), "Star Wars Rebels" (2015-2016), and "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" (2021).

In 2015, Gellar ventured into the entrepreneurial world by co-founding Foodstirs, an e-commerce baking company, and published her own cookbook, "Stirring Up Fun with Food," in 2017. Gellar is also known for her close-knit family life, married to actor Freddie Prinze Jr. since 2002, with whom she shares two children.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s commitment to her craft is matched by her dedication to personal growth and unique experiences. An accomplished martial artist, she studied Tae Kwon Do for five years, alongside kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, and gymnastics. Her dedication to authenticity in her roles is evident, such as her commitment to doing her own stunts in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though she admitted her limits during filming "Scream 2."

Her career is also marked by interesting anecdotes, such as her role in a 1982 Burger King commercial, which led to a lawsuit from McDonald’s and a temporary ban from their establishments. Notably, she dyed her naturally brunette hair blonde for her role in "Buffy," and legally changed her last name to Prinze as a surprise for her husband on their fifth anniversary.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s legacy extends beyond her on-screen roles, encompassing her work in philanthropy and her reputation for safety and professionalism on set. She remains a beloved figure in Hollywood, admired for her talent, dedication, and the breadth of her contributions to film and television.

Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn, given nothing to do) has been sent by her mother to Japan to check in on her hospitalized sister, Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar). There, Aubrey looks for clues to the deadly curse that took Karen’s will to live, teaming up with a reporter (Edison Chen) to find the source of the mysterious ghost killing spree. Also in Japan, an American student (Ariel Kebble, a terrible actress in a horrible wig) has come into contact with this curse, leaving her a puddle of fear battling the spirits who want to eat her soul. Across the globe in Chicago, another grudge is taking place, ripping apart a family (including Jennifer Beals) that has recently found domestic peace.

Director Takashi Shimizu has been playing this "Grudge" game so long, I can’t imagine him making a film without cheap scares and meowing ghost children. This is his sixth stab at selling the same ghost story, and I hate to disappoint people, but the results are getting worse.

Just last week we witnessed a franchise that was willing to consume itself to squeeze more dollars out of horror fans; "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" ruined everything by explaining what made Leatherface into the madman we know today. In a way, "Grudge 2" is fishing from the same hole. Obviously, this Japanese/American horror series ran out of fresh ideas a long time ago, so Shimizu heads back to the source of the grudge, and the results are a hopeless, desperate bore.

Shimizu at least had something intriguing with the Japanese "Ju-on," but homeland sequels and remakes put an end to that. The Americanized "Grudge" from 2004 did little to remind the viewer why the original concept was such a kick; but packed with aural jolts and branded with a PG-13, the film was irresistible to the uninitiated. At its black heart, "Grudge 2" is a thinly disguised cash-in from Sony and producer Sam Raimi. The production knows that there’s nowhere to go with this franchise, so they set up a purposefully twisty backstory that nobody will give a damn about, split the tale into three different sections to beef up the running time, and convince (cha-ching!) Sarah Michelle Gellar to cameo in what amounts to a pointless return, reminiscent of Jamie Lee Curtis’s integrity-killing appearance in "Halloween: Resurrection."

Shimizu even repeats some iconic scare sequences directly from "Grudge," which, for a film this thin, is quite insulting. The rest of the picture alternates between half-realized exposition that grinds the film to a halt and aggravating boo scares to cover the evidence that Shimizu has bled the horror potential completely out of this puppy. If you have your unholy and unstoppable spirits crawling out of photo developing solution to chill the crowd, maybe this series should’ve quit while it was ahead.

Because Stephen Susco’s script essentially tells three grudge tales, "Grudge 2" holds the opportunity to swiftly bounce from story to story. Instead of meticulously building the suspense, the sequel loses steam with every aching plot turn, and a sizable amount of coherency goes out the window as well. The production has managed to move the concept to America, which sets up another sequel to nab more of your paycheck. Hey, if the title is "Grudge 3: Grudgin’ Hawaiian Style!," you can count me in.

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