Anaconda (1997) 1/5 (4)


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Rating: The Ugly – 68.7
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Duration: 89 mins
Director: Luis Llosa
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Jon Voight

A documentary crew sail deep into the Amazonian rain forest in search of a hidden tribe only to be hijacked by a madman and pursued by a giant anaconda. If it weren’t for the screaming snake, some preposterous aerodynamics of said snake, and some serious ham acting by John Voight, this creature feature might have made it onto the Good list. The production was well funded so the CGI was first rate (and still stands up), there are some decent actors on show (Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Ice Cube, and Voight of course), some nice set-piece action scenes, and Luis Llosa takes his time with the build-up. This gives Anaconda a very enjoyable vibe. Alas, the snake does scream (and not really in a tongue-in-cheek manner) and Voight’s performance is so outrageous that we must treat this as a guilty pleasure. But a pleasure it definitely is.

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