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Anaconda is an action-packed thriller starring JENNIFER LOPEZ (The Wedding Planner), rap superstar ICE CUBE (XXX: State of the Union), Academy Award®-winner JON VOIGHT (1978 Best Actor, Coming Home) and ERIC STOLTZ (Almost Famous). A documentary film crew, headed by anthropologist Steve Cale (Stoltz) and director Terri Flores (Lopez), ventures into the world's most isolated jungle - the Amazon - in search of a lost and forgotten civilization. Early in their journey, they come to the aid of Paul Serone, a Paraguayan guide (Voight), who joins their expedition. But Serone is actually a poacher on the trail of a legendary snake. When Serone hijacks the boat and its crew on his quest to track and kill the giant snake, he steers the expedition right into the path of the deadly monster. Ger ready for a wild, scare-a-minute thrill ride because ANACONDA will grab you and take your breath away.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.35 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 29 minutes
- Release date : June 2, 2009
- Actors : Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson
- Dubbed: : Portuguese, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Portuguese, French, Spanish
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001YYQ9SI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #121,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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PLOT/SUMMARY: The movie opens with a poacher being killed by a giant anaconda somewhere in the Amazon. A filmmaker, Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez), and her crew are on the amazon shooting a documentary about an
Indigenous tribe. The tribe is believed to be lost and they are hunting for it. While searching they come across a snake hunter, Paul(Jon Voight), who is stranded. They take him aboard because he claims to know where the lost tribe is. While on the boat, the lead anthropologist, Steven (Eric Stoltz) gets stung and his life is saved by Paul. Steven is now incapacitated. Paul's true objective is to find and capture the giant anaconda. They come across the boat of the dead poacher and one of the crew is killed by an unseen snake. They find out that Paul is a poacher. Nobody trusts Paul but they come to an agreement. He will help them if they help him too. An unsteady truce is temporarily made. The giant anaconda attacks and everything falls apart.
-This movie was released in 1997 and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Despite being panned by a lot of critics 'Anaconda' was a commercial hit and has spawned numerous sequels and copycats. It effectively helped create a whole genre of films.
-To date(as of October, 2018) this movie has spawned 3 sequels. They all have much lower budgets than this one. That doesn't included the 'Lake Placid' crossover. That would make it a fifth sequel.
-The acting is decent. Especially that of Jon Voight. Of course he is known for being a good actor.
-My favorite scene was that of the Anaconda grabbing the guy who was falling out of mid air. This was ultra cool!
-I liked Jon Voight's character. It's a pity he had to go.
RECOMMENDATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: I'm giving this release 4 stars. If you compared this to all science fiction/monster
movies in general I might give it a lower score. But if you compared it to it's competition in the genre, then I would give it 5 stars.
A lot of people call this a bad movie or one that is so bad that it's good. I disagree. I think the acting was good and the special effects were good for the time period. Another movie along these lines that was panned that I thought was pretty good is 'Lake Placid'.
If you are into giant reptile, snake, shark, etc. movies then you will probably like this movie. This was not a low budget movie so it has much better production values than your typical movie in this genre. That said, if you don't think this movie is any good then don't waste your time on any of the many SyFy original movies along with quite a few other genre movies in this category.
Recommended for all fans of the genre. This is really the one that kicked it off movies of this type.
The movie begins by setting the mood. They’re travelling up the Amazon River and a variety odd events befall them. They pick up a man stranded in the jungle named Paul Serone (Jon Voight) who appears to have his own agenda. The lead scientist Dr. Steven Cale (Eric Stolz) is stung by a poisonous bug. They run into a giant dam in the river. They blow it up and snakes come raining down on them in the debris, foreshadowing for what they will run into.
The problem with the film is that you can tell what Serone is going to do and the anaconda itself is just not that well done. It’s no use watching a movie like this when it’s predictable and the beast just isn’t appealing. On top of that it gets unbelievable like when the snake gets shot multiple times but doesn’t die.
However, the blu ray literally only contains the movie. No special features and ABSOULTELY NO AUDIO/VISUAL OPTIONS. NOT EVEN SUBTITLES IN ANY LANGUAGE.
Jon Voight seems ideally suited to the role of the creepy bad guy. Other familiar cast members who manage to elevate the quality of the dialogue include Owen Wilson, Ice Cube and Jennifer Lopez. Also, if you're a CGI junkie and just really get into the spectacular special effects in so many of today's action/horror flicks, then the giant anaconda in this film may seem comical in comparison to current standards. But again, take it for what it is and you'll have a good time watching this movie.
CGI effects were stellar for it's day, so no real gripes there.
Worst part of the whole movie-- they use a dead monkey for bait on a hook and line and even "chum" with monkey blood, which is decidedly NOT a way you'd try to catch any snake. When they hook the snake, it fights like a large fish, leaps from the water, and screams. As both a person who respects and likes snakes, and as a fisherman, this scene alone ruined anything good about the movie.
Top reviews from other countries
its a good buy.
I do not think I go swim anymore,
not anaconda in the water.