King Kong Lives
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Directed by John Guillermin (not surprisingly his last film, especially after his previous disastrous outings including the 1976 King Kong remake and 1984's flopfest Sheena), the film stars Linda Hamilton (2 years after her role in Cameron's sci-fi thriller The Terminator...after this film, her star quality plummeted, forcing her to work in television for the next four years). Although she was obviously the star in this film, she didn't even get top billing as the credits rolled...that went to the two male actors in the monkey suits. Also appearing are Brian Kerwin (Murphy's Romance), whose career seems to have yet fully recover from his role in this sequel to a film that should have never been made. and John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop I & II).
As the film begins, we're treated to a recap of the final scenes of the '76 Kong film, where a man in the giant ape suit plummets to his death from atop the World Trade Towers, after being riddled with bullets...but wait! After this rehash is concluded, fast forward ten years and we learn that Kong didn't perish, but was secured away at some institute in Georgia resting comfortably in a comatose state...oh bruther...Read more ›
It is just so dissapointing and innexcusable how bad this movie is.
That said, let me move on and state that it has grown on me in recent years. But only after over a decade of staying away from it. I enjoyed SON OF KONG, KING KONG VS. GODZILLA, KING KONG ESCAPES
and the 1976 remake (especially the "lost" four hour TV version) and I felt that, despite shortcomings, they were true to the spirit of the original.
This is the exception. KING KONG LIVES is a direct sequel to the 76
version and starts with a replay of Kong's battle atop, and eventual fall from, the World Trade Center in New York. In hind sight this is really
a hiderence to the film, as I believe it would play better (especially today) without the baggage of the last movie attached to it. A tactic that worked with KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and KING KONG ESCAPES.
But, because of Kong's Injuries, we are forced to sit through a laughably silly giant artificial heart transplant, which plays like something out of a Bert I. Gordon movie. And then faced with the unbelievability of Kong's
absurdly fast recovery from a 10 year coma. There are a few memerable sequences that are impressive. Such as Kong's heroic rescues of his
mate, the pumelling of some seedy hunters and a climactic battle in which Kong throws some attacking tanks and jeeps around. But, the scene in which Kong hides out in a swamp and eats dime-store rubber
alligators will have you roaring. Also silly is a scene where Kong eludes his militant pursuers by jumping from a seemingly thousand foot rock cliff into a deep river and dissapears under water. This movie takes place in Louisiana!Read more ›
I confess, I liked this motion picture more than some other reviewers. When I heard that "KING KONG LIVES" I was afraid he'd just go after another white woman and end up being shot down off a tall building again. I know what it's like to be grossly misunderstood and mistreated by humans for being different. I also never trust sequels. So, I expected nothing and got more than I'd dreamed. It is worth seeing on late night TV. I mean, it's much better than most infomercials.
This movie starts with the premise that King Kong wasn't really killed when they brutally assaulted him in New York City and shot him down from the World Trade Center in the 1976 movie excellently reviewed elsewhere. Despite what we saw on the silver screen back then, the big guy was only injured. It turns out he has been kept alive lo these many years by top scientists. One wonders how they slapped together an I.C.U. of such massive proportions quickly enough to get him on life support and how they were able to smuggle him away from S.W.A.T. teams and planes and military folk that had just blasted thousands of rounds into him. You'd think the local authorities would have rolled that yellow crime scene tape around the area or something. It does take time to get one of those cop dudes to draw a chalk line around such an enormous shooting victim.
However, lest ye think that this is a PETA film where the massive beast will be returned to his native island and allowed to live out his life on his own terms, nothing could be further from the truth. It seems nobody learned the lesson.Read more ›
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A very under-appreciated monster movie. King Kong Lives takes place 10-years after King Kong (1976) and begins with a brief review of that first film's closing moments as U.S. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Netties Kid
I like this movie very much differs from the other versions so it is family friendly. The enjoyed it plus I got this fast!Published 5 months ago by jonathon green
A cheesey film but I love Linda Hamilton and I'm a Kong fan, so I kinda just had to.Published 7 months ago by Vernon Wilmer
I'm probably gonna keep this movie around just to show people the worst King Kong movie I ever seen. I mean this movie really blows! Read morePublished 12 months ago by rsccfl
I like the movie, however
The quality of the vhs was garbage, oh it was new but so poorly made that there were numerous tracking issues. Read more
Quite possibly the worst film ever made with "King Kong' in the title. I can't say that for sure as I haven't all of the unofficial sequels and... Read more
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