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Kong: Skull Island (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack)
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.]]>
- Creating A King: Summoning a God
- On Location: Vietnam
- Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
- Through the Lens: Brie Larson#s Photography
- Monarch Files 2.0
- Director Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
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A monster movie and proud of it, "Kong: Skull Island" really lives up to its name, as we follow a group of likable - if not slightly underdeveloped - characters to an uncharted island, where they are quickly introduced to the BIGGEST Kong ever put to film, along with a harrowing variety of other giant monsters. Split up and with a few days to go before planned rescue arrives, our tiny human visitors find themselves on the menu for just about everything in sight, and their only hope to survive may rest with the very beast that stranded them. With Samuel L. Jackson as a war colonel with a thirst for revenge, John Goodman as a ridiculed lone survivor, Brie Larson as an adventurous photographer, and John C. Reilly as a WW2 veteran, the star-studded cast makes for a fun ensemble, and though the storytelling and characters may only ever feel secondary . . . . well, that's because they ARE secondary. This is Kong's movie, and in case you're not convinced of just how badass he is, believe me, he makes DAMN sure you're convinced by the end.
Brimming with spectacle and amazing special effects, this new entry in Legendary's planned "Monsterverse" wisely avoids making itself an obvious setup piece, instead taking its chance to deliver nothing less than what you want from a Kong film . . . . . mega-sized monster action. There are some truly imaginative creature designs here, none of which you'd be too keen on encountering, and although the film at times seemed a bit brisk and casual with its presentation, there are some big payoffs after the first act - the biggest being the film's triumphantly thrilling climax, which is just about one of the most brutal fight club monster match-ups you will ever see, and by itself makes this movie an absolute must-see.
If you're expecting an Oscar-winning story with groundbreaking performances, you're looking in the wrong genre . . . . if you're expecting to see an ape the size of a building brawl with monsters the size of a ship, then you will be left VERY satisfied.