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Boa (2002)

Dean Cain , Elizabeth Lackey , Phillip J. Roth  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Dean Cain, Elizabeth Lackey, Mark Sheppard, Dean Biasucci, Craig Wasson
  • Directors: Phillip J. Roth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640SF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boa" on IMDb

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It is the dawn of the new millennium, and the world's first international highest security prison, designed to house some of the most dangerous criminals in history has been built deep in the Antarctic. Designated only as "Faculty Number 1", the prison is considered entirely escape proof and those incarcerated there thought they were all alone-until now. What they are about to discover is that the icy tundra houses more that the deadly criminals at Facility Number 1-a giant and deadly man eating snaked that has been dormant for centuries has been awakened by the human presence, and has voracious appetite for human flesh. As the prehistoric slaughter begins, everyone in the prison must fight to escape the paralyzing grip of the deadly "Boa".

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It is the dawn of the new millennium, and the world's first international highest security prison, designed to house some of the most dangerous criminals in history has been built deep in the Antarctic. Designated only as "Facility Number 1," the prison is considered entirely escape proof and thoseincarcerated there thought they were all alone -- until now. What they are about to discover is that the icy tundra houses more than the deadly criminals -- a giant and deadly man-eating snake that has been frozen solid for centuries has been awakened by the human presence, and understandably has avoracious appetite for human flesh. As the prehistoric slaughter begins, and people die gruesomely amid blood curdling horror, everyone left standing in the prison must band together to escape the paralyzing grip of the deadly creature. Are you ready for the BOA?

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Even the Name is Wrong August 18, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
It is hard to imagine a monster movie that goes so wrong in so many different ways. BOA would have the viewer believe that a ten million year old huge reptilian-like snake could emerge from a nitrogen induced suspended animation to wreak havoc on the inhabitants of an Antarctic prison. Now I have no problem accepting the scientific implausibility of its sleeping for ten million years, after all, was the cloning of JURASSIC PARK any less believable? The problem with audience involvement is that the cast and crew show little respect for anyone's intelligence. The criminal residents of the prison were supposed to be the 'worst of the worst.' Yet, as I got to know them as individuals, they seemed a rather likable bunch. In fact, one of them, a nuclear missle smuggler, correctly identified himself as a political prisoner, a not inaccurate label since he intended to use that missle in defense of his homeland of Chechnya. Further, when he was released rather unwillingly by the warden to help fight the snake, it is he rather than the titular hero (Dean Cain) who emerges as the go to guy who has guns and guts. Cain, by contrast, seems wimpy and decidely uneager to tackle the snake, which, by the way, no one refers to as a boa. As for the snake itself, you would think that the advertised monster of any monster film would get plenty of screen time. This snake is seen slithering around mostly in the shadows and only parts of its anatomy are revealed. Rarely does the viewer get the snake's full monty. Much of the dialogue is predictably banal and heavy-handedly foreshadowing. When one of the criminals, an attractive IRA woman, tells Cain that because of her Irish fear of snakes, he should shoot her if the snake should capture her, then you know that is precisely what will happen. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A snake in the snow? Cool! July 16, 2004
Format:DVD
This is the first time I have ever written a review here, so I will try to make it as clean and clear as possible.
I personally think that Boa is a good action thriller with some horror themes. It is about a large multi-national prison 20 kilometers north of the South Pole, built to house at least 25,000 prisoners! The people at the prison are drilling deep down into the ice and snow when they drill through a rock chamber containing nitrogen gas and, more importantly, a 100-foot long pre-historic boa constrictor.
The snake is still alive after 65 billion years because the nitrogen gas in the rock chamber stopped the beast's aging process completely. When the snake is released, it begins to kill devour people in the prison. I should note that the snake uses some very skillful methods in killing its victims. For example, not only does it constrict and bite its prey to death, it also has a sharp, deadly blade on its tail which it uses to stab and hack its victims to death. As you can see, not only is the snake deadly, but it is also very smart!
What I liked about this movie is the concept of a snake living in the snow. It is very a unique concept and I just think that it is so cool!
I don't know much about Dean Cain, but he did a really great job in this movie. His acting really shows us what its like in a cold, snowy world where you're being hunted by a giant snake.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I'm thinking about buying it soon! I first saw it on the Sci Fi channel and I was inspired to think about buying it. If you like a giant snake in the snow, get this movie!
I hope this review was helpful to you. The trick to this movie is to just watch it yourself and see what you think. Don't just listen to what other people say about it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars some good action but like no snake May 17, 2006
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Format:DVD
this movie was ok, defineitly better than boa vs. python and pythons 2, but still not to good. a prison in antatica is just being made and the engineers dig a hole to deep and wake the snake. it comes out and starts eatin people. then a group of soldiers come in along with cain and his wife, 2 scientists who for some reason are brought along. then the soldiers are running after it to try and kill it and then the snake kills all of them. so now its cain his wife and the warden and the prisoners tryin to get out of their. this movie had some good shooting scenes and action but u barely saw the snake and when u did u say lik parts of him or his head for lik 2 seconds. but the snake is pretty kool hough, its similar to the one in python but its a different color. this movie isnt rely worth watching but its not bad if u lik creature movies, but if not, its not rely worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Wolf
Format:DVD
Just read the Description behind the DVD or in amzon.com or yahoo.com! You'll be tantalized to watch this movie and after watching it, you'll regret of wasting your time! the story is great but the movie is terrible! I'm really sorry for Dean Cane cause after starring in the role of Super-man in great Louise & Clark TV series, accepts to play in such movies!

2 Stars is only for the good plot! and I hope, someday a good director with enough bugdet make a good movie on it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair February 23, 2006
By Somekid
Format:DVD
Boa is a smooth moving scifi flick. It has good qualities like Dean Cain being in it and the CG is handled smoothly. But good actors and well-motioned CG isn't enough to earn this one a 4 or 5 because even though the CG is handled well, you can still tell it is computer generated, and some of the prisoner characters are just ridiculous. Overall this is a movie you might want to check out, but rent it before you buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Famous last words. "Don't kill it! Capture it."
New Alcatraz (renamed Boa for release on VHS and DVD) is a horror film of sorts in that it features a large prehistoric snake that chomps and chews its way through the staff at a... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Einsatz
2.0 out of 5 stars HOLLOW ROCK SNAKE
While digging deeper to make an international prison for the Irish, a group of people encounter a huge snake. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Anaconda Love
If you like Anaconda, you will possibly like this movie. Although the cast is not quite as star-studded, Dean Cain is certainly no slouch in the acting department. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark J. House
5.0 out of 5 stars Love movies with snakes in them
Had it before I wanted to replace the last one, and still love the movie. I am a big fan of the scfy channel.
Published 7 months ago by Lisa J. Music
5.0 out of 5 stars Boa
Very good movie with an interesting story line and well acted. If you like sci fi movies this is a good one.
Published 9 months ago by Cristy
2.0 out of 5 stars Scary Movie?! More like Comedy
I'll admit I bought this movie because Mark Sheppard is in it, but I was also hoping it wasn't going to be too terrible for low budget. Read more
Published 14 months ago by amazing be
5.0 out of 5 stars Boa is a hit
I think that the BOA movie could have been better yes but it was a well written movie. The effects were well done and the film its self has very good parts as well.
Published on October 23, 2011 by LG User
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad (a LOT better than Python)
I don't know why many people did not like this film. Its true, the snake gets very little screen time and is kept in the shadows most of the time, but the plot and the sequence of... Read more
Published on May 18, 2008 by just me
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too terrible, if you like low-budget sci-fi
This is about a giant snake that terrorizes the staff and prisoners (all 4 of them) at the world's most high-security prison, located in Antarctica. Read more
Published on November 1, 2006 by Bud Bundy
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT?!?!?!?
First, in all fairness, I haven't seen this movie. Why? I refuse to watch so called horror films that demonize snakes. Read more
Published on May 14, 2005 by Laura
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