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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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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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  • Actors: Craig Wasson, Mark Sheppard, Dean Cain, Elizabeth Lackey
  • Directors: Phillip J. Roth
  • Producers: Jeffery Beach
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640SF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boa" on IMDb

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By Martin Asiner on 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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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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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. Special effects are good but not Star Wars good. This movie I feel is underrated and deserves a look-see by far more people.
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While digging deeper to make an international prison for the Irish, a group of people encounter a huge snake. A guy who once wrote a paper on undiscovered Antarctica reptiles is brought into help, along with his whiny wife. Unfortunately not everyone gets killed.

Snake looks fake. Acting sucked. Crappy dialogue. Decent sets. Unbelievable story to go with snake. Snow snake? Really? Can't we just stick with anacondas? And my disc skipped on top of all of that. It was easy to keep up.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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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 maximum-security prison located in Antarctica. Dean Cain (as Dr. Robert Trenton) and his contentious wife (Elizabeth Lackey) are transported to the prison for reasons that don't entirely make sense as they study fossils, not live creatures. The head of this isolated facility is an officious oaf, Warden Riley (played by Craig Wasson). He has an alarming knack for making bad decisions that get people killed. Boa was supposedly made to compete with Python II. It failed miserably in this regard so they naturally had to make a sequel, Boa VS Python, which also failed to register, critical or otherwise. As a monster flick, it does have a few moments of interest. Its greatest shortcoming is with the plot. Characters are introduced in blocks but are barely dealt with before passing on to another block of people, another segment of the story. At one point, I forgot that Dead Cain was even in this movie because it was spending so much time in the prison. Why they felt the need to give him a wife is anyone's guess (perhaps because there was only one other female character involved in the story).

As `monster' snake movies go...........it's better than nothing. There's something goofy and likable about it that made me keep it for future viewings. But it is barely adequate filmmaking at best.
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