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Anaconda (1997)

Anaconda (1997)

A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who takes them along on his quest to capture the world's largest - and deadliest - snake.

Exploitation era movies here we come again!

Expect beautiful sceneries, actresses (Jennifer Lopez), guns, snakes, explosions and an overall wild ride with a real tropical vibe. It really taking place in the tropics is pretty cool. Oldskool. Danny Trejo is in the intro too!

The movie starts with a group of characters getting ready to embark into the Amazon jungle in search of a mysterious Indian tribe that worship snakes. There's J-Lo, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson as Kari Wuhrer acting the main crew... and soon Jon Voight appears as a shipwrecked man, who they take aboard without question at first, yet as time goes it's revealed he may have some... uncomfortable secrets up his sleeve.

They make a great cast. Well-picked. All with a part to play and plenty contrasting personalities - in a good way. Ice Cube comes in with a it's a good day when they first meet too. Pretty sure I didn't get that reference last time I watched this!

J-Lo's big break... was it? It's far from her first movie, but maybe the first big one. All the other main actors seem to have been established actors at this point.

Either way it was better than I remembered! It's like a combined thriller/horror story where one character after the other succumbs to the range of one gigantic vengeful *title*.

Since it's the middle of nowhere they have a hard time making it back, too. It's strange in the sense they seem both free and isolated at the same time, with the murky river waters and greenery stretching out on all sides...

The abandoned boats, totems, and other decorations really set the mood. It feels ancient and adventurous. Only the props and special effects don't hold so well. Sometimes they're alright, but sometimes... holy shit. There's just no way you can immerse yourself when they are how they are!

It's a shame since that's the only thing keeping the movie from a somewhat higher score. I love the setting. I love the group. It's an exotic trip up Anaconda-riddled rivers of the mysterious, murky Amazon jungle. B-movie meets Hollywood. Don't expect perfection, but otherwise it definitely provides.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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