Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Blu-ray Review - Anaconda


Director: Luis Llosa
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, John Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Retail: $9.98
ASIN: B00K31RC52
Running Time: 89 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on Blu-ray on Tuesday July 22, 2014 is the 1997 adventure-horror film Anaconda, directed by Luis Llosa and starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, John Voight, Eric Stoltz and Owen Wilson.

Despite receiving negative reviews from most critics and receiving six Razzie Awards nominations, the film managed to become a box-office hit. A sequel, titled Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, was released to theaters in 2004 followed by two made-for-Syfy sequels, Anaconda 3: Offspring and Anacondas: Trail of Blood. The film also inspired countless low-budget ripoffs, most of which are made for Syfy.

Anaconda follows a documentary film crew led by anthropologist Steve Cale (played by Eric Stoltz). His crew includes director Terri Flores (played by Jennifer Lopez),the cameraman Danny Rich (played by Ice Cube), production manager Denise Kalberg (played by Kari Wuhrer), sound engineer Gary Dixon (played by Owen Wilson) and producer/narrator Warren Westridge (played by Jonathan Hyde). They're traveling on the Amazon River, shooting a documentary about the lost Shirishama tribe.

They come across snake hunter Paul Serone (played by Jon Voight), who's boat was sinking and they rescue him. After a few accidents occur, Serone takes control of the boat, but he has no interest in finding the Shirishama tribe. Instead he plans on tracking and capturing an anaconda!

Compared to other snake-themed horror flicks, Anaconda is at the top of the list, with a solid cast and great special effects. The plot is a little unbelievable, as an anaconda would never take that many victims in a short amount of time, but this a horror film, so believability is thrown overboard. Overall, Anaconda is a fun monster movie with plenty of action and tongue-cheek humor.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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