November 1, 2014
A cornball good time and Tim Curry is in it.
October 27, 2014
The search for King Solomon's Mines, a sign-language-fluent gorilla, and Laura Linney saving the day with a laser gun. Just don't see it.
September 7, 2014
I liked this adventure film based on a Michael Crichton novel. There is plenty to gripe about - especially the poorly done apes - but the story is gripping and sentimental, the acting is decent (though the dialogue is unnatural in places), and the innocently gorgeous Laura Linney takes a lead role. You could do much worse than this.
September 6, 2014
bad and fun to laugh at
September 3, 2014
A painful adaptation of a decent Michael Crichton novel.
August 10, 2014
This movie will always be compared (fairly or unfairly) to Jurassic Park, and of course, in that respect it comes up way short. But it's important to remember that these are different films, with Congo trying to strike a slightly lighter tone. Of course, at points it crosses the line and comes off as a bit silly, but the movie can be fun at times, and some of the characters are interesting. Especially Winston Zeddemore...I mean Ernie Hudson.
July 10, 2014
Michael Crichton's techno-thriller Congo leaps off of the page and onto the big screen in this fun adventure film. In order to get into the Congo and search for a lost expedition team, a telecom security agent joins a group that's releasing a gorilla into the wild. The film has a rather interesting cast that includes Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, and Bruce Campbell. Also, the ape performers are pretty good; the ones who do Amy especially, as they make her feel like a real character. Additionally, the action scenes add a lot of energy and excitement to the film. Congo may be one of Crichton's lessor works, but it's still an entertaining ride.
July 9, 2014
Thats right...Bruce Campbell dies in the first damn scene. It has its moments but dare i say a good idea before its time.
February 6, 2010
curious to see if it's as bad as people say
September 19, 2007
Grew up on bad movies like this
May 15, 2014
Talking Gorrilla Amy ? The whole story is absolutely ridiculous but the special effects are really well made for its time and gives you lots of action and thrills.you won't get bored
April 13, 2014
Jurassic Park with apes and without any of the confident suspense. Action sequences are almost all undercooked, just like the characters. Not terribly exciting but at least fun to look at. It's clearly an expensive movie and you'll see worse adventures in your lifetime.
April 5, 2014
A vague, dry, and bland entry in the Michael Crichton adaptation. It's not really entertaining, it's just a waste of time. Bruce Campbell and Ernie Hudson are the only actors who have any competence in this movie. With clumsy direction, vague acting, and a ridiculous script, Congo is not an adaptation, it's just a dull rehash of better adventure films.
January 3, 2014
Terrific & unapologetically cheesy, this Marshall-Critchion adventure amounts to an amusing matinee adventure. Boosted by quality production values, wonderful ham from Curry and Hudson as a smooth hunter complete with refined accent, and a surprisingly moody yet also lively and energetic score from old reliable Jerry Goldsmith, 'Congo' makes for some amusing entertainment, as epitomized by the immortal 'sesame cake' scene.
February 16, 2014
Ugly...movie...go away. Jeez I can't believe I used to watch this as a good. Okay so it's not THAAAAT bad. But it's not very good, either.
January 29, 2014
Congo caught my attention as a film adapted from a Michael Crichton novel which happened to star Tim Curry, so I was happy to check it out.
Bruce Campbell's cameo instantly gave the film a good start, and since I didn't expect him but am an avid fan of his I found myself thoroughly satisfied to see him appear on screen. This set me up to enjoy Congo and predict it to be at least a decent B-movie, if nothing else.
But when the sight of Amy the gorilla is seen and the unconvincing prosthetics hit the screen, that's where the problems come into play. The face is lifeless and there looks like too much rubber is in the suit, but what gives it away is the fact that the actions of the gorilla are too humane. The story fails to convince viewers that Amy is a real gorilla because the physical acting of Lorene Noh and Misty Rosas makes the false prophecy all too much more of a lie. Amy is terribly unconvincing, but would you believe that some of the prosthetics actually look like they were designed by Laura Gemser in a miscast part, since one of the gorillas has the look of a goblin from Troll 2, the famous disastrously poor quality film.
The story becomes reliant on a few things. The good locations and fine cinematography are two of those, yet they become hampered by poor quality slow motion effects used in certain scenes and weak lighting in others. Consistently, Congo proves itself to be no visual experience, and the visual effects alone even manage to emphasise that. Even the action scenes are dull, with mere shots of actors firing blanks deviating back and forth with shots of blood pack squibs on the awful gorilla costumes.
The script is also pathetic. It isn't intelligent and its full of childish jokes directed at the younger audiences, but even then it's simply pathetic writing which is never really atmospheric or of any beneficial quality to Congo. This is problematic because it renders Congo both too childish for viewers that appreciate the old film genre of jungle adventure cinema as well as too violent for children. Its honestly hard to find viewers that will truly enjoy Congo.
Dylan Walsh does a decent job as the lead actor, managing to pull off a decent performance weighed down by awful material, but the rest of the cast fails.
Laura Linney delivers what dramatic talent she has, but weighed down by a poor script and bad direction she only delivers about half of her potential. Her line delivery is good, but the lines and physicality tied to them simply are not believable.
Ernie Hudson fails to evoke any adventurous memories in Congo, or to his days as the African-American hero of Ghostbusters.
Joe Pantoliano has his most generic skills used which make him an annoying presence in Congo, and he has no character to develop in his short time as a screen presence.
But worst of all, by making Tim Curry portray a Romanian man it takes away all of his British charm which makes him such a great actor. And his Romanian accent seems like a poorly conceived generic attempt at a Russian accent which is unconvincing and adding of nothing to the film, while the rest of the time it sounds as if he is choking on dry fish. It would have done nothing lesser to the film to allow Tim Curry's British charm to flourish, but that didn't occur to John Patrick Shanley when he constructed his shoddily written script.
So with the only quality being the colourful jungle and the presence of Bruce Campbell, Congo is an insufferably dull film with awful direction from Frank Marshall and terrible costume designs.
December 17, 2013
So I remember watching this when I was younger and enjoyed the story of the killer apes and Amy's trek back home. The story is ludicrous and muddled but still enjoyable to watch because of the cast.
December 4, 2013
As long as your not being a snob about how a movie about killer apes should be more thoughtful than you'll enjoy this film. Characters over the top but in spite of all its flaws I remembered loving it in the theatre and it still holds up with an open mind.
November 21, 2013
I loved this movie when I was younger, but the special effects are showing their age and I'm not as naive as I used to be. So much of this story doesn't even make sense. The only part I really like is the all to brief back story of the ancient civilization.
November 5, 2006
wow ummmn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throuhgout this movie.......i think that dylan walsh, laura linney, ernie hudson, tim curry, grant heslov, taylor nichols, john hawkes play good roles/parts throughout this movie.......i think that the director of this action/adventure/mystery/suspense/sci-fi/fantasy/thriller movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch there is nothing special about this movie.........i think that this is a good action/adventure movie 2 watch i think that this is a really well written movie......i think that the fight scenes thorughout this movie were pretty good.......i think that ernie hudson was great thorughout this movie.....its got good scenery thorughout this movie......i think that laura linney was good throughout this movie.......i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch......there is some good special effects thorughout this movie........i think that joe pantoliano was good thorughout this movie.....i think that tim curry was good throughout this movie......i think that this is an enjoyable sci-fi/fantasy movie 2 watch........i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie i think that the special effects thorughout this movie were pretty good......i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch its a good 1990's movie 2 watch its got a good cast thoruhgout this movie.......i think that this is an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a good cast thorughout this movie