Instinct

1999, Drama, 2h 3m

66 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A convoluted and predictable plot overshadows the performances. Read critic reviews

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Years after he goes missing in the jungles of Africa, anthropologist Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) resurfaces when it's discovered that he has murdered two poachers who were killing the gorillas he was studying. After spending an extended time living with the primates and without any human contact, Powell seems to be unhinged, and psychiatrist Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is called in to try to get through to the withdrawn and angry man -- who may be wiser and saner than he appears.

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Audience Reviews for Instinct

  • Jun 15, 2014
    A scientist (Hopkins) goes completely native in Africa and needs some psych work before he can safely re-enter good ole society. Enter uber-mind probe types Gooding Jr. and Sutherland for some of that luscious brain squeezin' we all love so much. But wait just one goldurn minnit, is it the scientist who's bonkers ... or is it us? Maura Tierney adds a warm touch to this predictable yet entertaining mangle that still succeeds (with a wink) because of the caliber of guns present.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    Some of the philosophy is nice, and Cuba Gooding Jr isn't totally useless in this movie, but the film is still pat and won't appeal to a wide audience.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2009
    Decent acting, but hackneyed, overly-didactic, sucky story. If you're considering watching this, do yourself the favor of watching the similarly themed but infinitely better <a href="http://www.flixster.com/movie/gorillasinthemistthestoryofdianfossey">Gorillas in the Mist</a> in its stead.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2009
    Decent prison movie with Anthony Hopkins defending the apes and his fellow prisoners in the jail. Cuba is good too.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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