Hokey but enjoyable creature feature complete with beautiful locations, clunky special effects, amusing Jon Voight performance, and at least a few good scares. Film crew travel to Amazon where one of their team takes control and forces them to capture a mega reptile. A memo to the many critics and audiences who panned this movie: It ain't supposed to be Hamlet. Followed by three sequels.
Grab some buds and check out this stupidly entertaining film because its awesome. Will watch again.
Recommended for the creature feature fans!
A snake creature feature that like its fellow movie monsters (such as the shark, piranhas or crocodiles) has become globally recognised as a creature of fearful proportions because humans are the prey they desire. Anaconda‚??s tagline ‚??when you can‚??t breathe you can‚??t scream‚?? follows in the same trend as Jaws which tells us to ‚??don‚??t go into the water‚?? therefore you go into the film with an impending sense of terror but when you finish the film Anaconda is extremely different to Jaws in the sense that you are actually fearful of the water but these snakes don‚??t alarm you because of their highly unrealistic nature.
The Amazonian jungle scenery as it is can be dangerous without anacondas, as experienced by one character that turns unconscious after being stung in throat by a wasp underwater. The addition of the anaconda leaves the characters on the boat staring into the abyss of the jungle wondering what possible dangers are lurking at any moment and this lets you engage with the visuals more. The characters are suspicious of the nature and therefore you become fearful of the jungle, which in turn allows you to pay more attention to the beautiful photography that is on show as you will find yourself glaring at the screen waiting for the anaconda to pounce. The imagery is as realistic as you can get but the giant anaconda plonked into the jungle undermines the backdrop as an authentic playground for these monsters because they seem too powerful for their surroundings and as you know Mother Nature must be the toughest of all.
The anaconda gives off a frightening feel about it, similar to the shark in Jaws, because you don‚??t see it until the end. You begin to think about what it could look like and how dangerous it can be due to it being hyped up by the characters. Your imagination is allowed to explore the potential of the anaconda, following the formula that is so effective for creature features. Once the final act begins and the anaconda appears in its full-blown appearance, it loses its fear factor because it is just to super in everything it does. We see too much of it by the end that it numbs you to its dangerous potential. The anaconda is excessive in its appearance that it becomes farcical rather than scary; probably the only scary thing about it is that it eats its prey as a whole rather than nibbles, which can leave you with nightmares full of phobias!
In terms of the cast, there are quite a handful of actors/musicians that are famous today. Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube are the world-famous musicians working for National Geographic in search of a long-lost Indian tribe in the Amazon rainforest. J-Lo cannot be killed because she is a global superstar and it would perhaps tarnish her image and this may be the first film where a black guy has the possibility to survive! Jon Voight, Danny Trejo and Owen Wilson make up the rest of notable actors. Voight needs to be noted in this movie, as he was a 59-year old man portraying a more youthful fearless hunter searching for a giant anaconda. He is too creepy in his role as he suspiciously takes control of the crew after the wasp incident and his actions and accent are so hilarious that he becomes more recognisable than the anaconda by the end! On the whole all the characters are forgettable, maybe Voight would be familiar for his ridiculous performance, but nevertheless the characters are so bland and boring that when some meet their death at the hands of the anaconda you might as well cheer.
Anaconda was heavily nominated at the Golden Raspberry Awards otherwise known as the Razzies‚?¶ an award ceremony for the worst films of the year. It was nominated for worst picture, director, screenplay, actor, screen couple and new star but didn‚??t win any‚?¶ Kevin Costner in The Postman unfortunately did. Although it was nominated for so many awards, it wasn‚??t that bad of a film, but still lacklustre for its genre that has a bar set so high by Jaws.
With such hilariously crafted characters and an over-the-top monster that ceases to be scary after its first appearance, Anaconda could really have been a creature feature classic if it adopted a more profoundly dark approach to pretty much everything it conveys.