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The first thing that impressed me was that the filmmakers actually came up with a wildly creative and original plot rather than rip-off one of Peter Benchley's stories ("Jaws," "The Beast," etc.), which is what the sequel did, "Octopus 2: River of Fear". The story of "Octopus" starts in Bulgaria, where the film was shot, with some intense action. A love-to-hate terrorist is captured and needs taken to America. The quickest way to do this is via a dishonored submarine captain who's in the area. To escort the terrorist, the US government is forced to use a CIA agent who is really just an analyst and has no experience being ruthless when necessary, like, say, James Bond. Meanwhile the terrorist's organization seeks to abort this transfer by taking over a cruise ship and intersecting the sub at sea. On top of all this is the titular sea creature, mutated to behemoth proportions, which dwells in the 'Devil's Eye' (similar to the 'Bermuda Triangle') and threatens to put the kibosh on both submarine and cruise ship alike.
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It's wasn't a mutant octopus due to radioactivity.
It was an mutant octopus due to artificial anthrax and an iron deficiency.
The movie is chock-full of all sorts of bad. The obviously fake submarine bounces and crashes and rolls all over the place, but somehow, maybe due to top-secret gyroscopic technology, the interior is always level. And the interior is very large--unlike what I suppose a real sub might have. I can't imagine your typical submarine having nice and high cathedral ceilings, but this one does. I guess it's a deluxe model.
I don't think any of the movie clichés are skipped. We have our token black guy. We have our squabbling heroes. We have a Shakespeare-quoting bad guy. We have a hot chick. And although there's no nudity, there are plenty of gratuitous underwear shots (both men and women, for equal-opportunity leering). And plenty of people die, often for no plot-related reason.
Although the fun parts are very fun, there are far too many badly acted, slow-paced, octopus-free scenes to make the movie very entertaining.
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I've never been much into political intrigue stories, so a movie about a foreign terrorist being transported to the US after bombing an embassy in Bulgaria isn't going to do much... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by C. Dennis Moore
The writer much dislike the Navy and the CIA, The CIA agent would have to be the worst in the world. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by P. G. Murray
What a shame. This movie started so incredible, the whole russian sub scene was so good I couldn't keep my eyes off it. I really liked it alot, but from there it starts to go down. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by A Customer
This is a film that's soo bad that you'll want to naw your foot off in the process while watching it, the beginning starts out ok. Read morePublished on February 16, 2007 by Brent Hilton
... although I was watching it REALLY late at the time. Really, this movie is kind of long and it takes a while for the title creature to get involved. Read morePublished on August 2, 2006 by Bakuryuu Tyranno
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