|Island Fever 2 (2003)|
Considering my review of the first Island Fever movie was less than glowing, there was no way I was going to pay to see if Island Fever 2 improved over the original. But thanks to the miracle of unlimited DVD rental services, this title was available and so here I am, reviewing Joone's latest.
The first thing that strikes me about Island Fever 2 is that the photography has improved quite a bit. Instead of a full frame presentation, the movie is letterboxed (though would have been nice if it was anamorphic to boot), and there's no sign of the bad fisheye vignetting that plagued its predecessor. The picture quality is considerably sharper than the original Island Fever without introducing any edge artifacts. The colors are as vibrant as they were before, with plenty of lush green in the background. At times, the white highlights bleed into the surrounding colors in a distracting way.
As with its predecessor, IF2 was filmed in Hawaii, and is a string of outdoor all-sex scenes with no dialogue or setup. Tera Patrick, who looks less than her previous perfect self, has a straight sex scene with Erik Everhard in a lush green valley. It's nothing special; they take turns giving oral, then fuck in two condom-covered positions (including a very unflattering cowgirl where Tera's ass looks terrible). The ending has an nice on-the-ass pop shot.
I think Devon looks out of place in this artsy tribute to nature with her artificial boobs, and so does her tattooed boyfriend Barrett Blade. The two have their windswept, overcast scene on an old volcanic lava field. It's another straightforward coupling that doesn't do anything for me, especially the facial at the end where Devon spits out Barrett's load.
Next, Redhead Stormy does the Playboy video pose and a little light masturbation out on a flat, windy desert plain, before hooking up with Barrett. While I can't figure out why a person wearing nothing but rollerblades would be banging a girl in heels on a windswept plain, it's a much better looking scene than the previous one thanks to the better natural light and more creative positions.
It's back to the lava field, this time with Tera instead of Devon. Softcore and tame masturbation are all that's to be found in this short solo scene and again Tera's definitely looked better than she does in this movie. I'm glad that things move on to the obligatory sex-under-a-waterfall scene, again with Tera and Erik. It's a good scene with a nice, clear reverse cow position and a great pearl necklace.
After several minutes of completely boring softcore footage of Devon, followed by Tera, rolling around in the surf of a black sand beach, the third coupling between Tera and Erik takes place. It's a really quick fuck with only a few seconds of hardcore insertion leading up to a gooey handjob ending. The movie itself ends with Barrett and Devon having sex at the same green location that Tera and Erik kicked things off with. Yawn.
In some respects, Island Fever 2 is an improvement over the first movie, especially since the fisheye and vaseline-lensed photography is thankfully replaced with some better camera equipment. However, it can't overcome the formula of having a 5-person cast have fairly repetitive and tame sex outdoors. I just can't get over the irony of putting a fake-boobed porn star and a tattooed stud in the middle of the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands. And while I've never been on the Tera Patrick bandwagon, at least her flawless body was one of the highlights of the first Island Fever--in this one, she looks disappointingly more down to Earth. How's that for high expectations? :-)
With that said, if you were pleased with Island Fever, you'll probably like Island Fever 2. It's more of the same couples-safe action (no anal, no girl-girl), without the pretentious audio commentary track that the first one had. As for me, I'm rating it just a little bit higher than its predecessor and patting myself on the back for not buying it.