This review is for the Blu-Ray edition of 'Anaconda' released in 2014 by Mill Creek Entertainment.
PLOT/SUMMARY: The movie opens with a poacher being killed by a giant anaconda somewhere in the Amazon. A filmmaker, Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez), and her crew are on the amazon shooting a documentary about an
Indigenous tribe. The tribe is believed to be lost and they are hunting for it. While searching they come across a snake hunter, Paul(Jon Voight), who is stranded. They take him aboard because he claims to know where the lost tribe is. While on the boat, the lead anthropologist, Steven (Eric Stoltz) gets stung and his life is saved by Paul. Steven is now incapacitated. Paul's true objective is to find and capture the giant anaconda. They come across the boat of the dead poacher and one of the crew is killed by an unseen snake. They find out that Paul is a poacher. Nobody trusts Paul but they come to an agreement. He will help them if they help him too. An unsteady truce is temporarily made. The giant anaconda attacks and everything falls apart.
-This movie was released in 1997 and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Despite being panned by a lot of critics 'Anaconda' was a commercial hit and has spawned numerous sequels and copycats. It effectively helped create a whole genre of films.
-To date(as of October, 2018) this movie has spawned 3 sequels. They all have much lower budgets than this one. That doesn't included the 'Lake Placid' crossover. That would make it a fifth sequel.
-The acting is decent. Especially that of Jon Voight. Of course he is known for being a good actor.
-My favorite scene was that of the Anaconda grabbing the guy who was falling out of mid air. This was ultra cool!
-I liked Jon Voight's character. It's a pity he had to go.
RECOMMENDATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: I'm giving this release 4 stars. If you compared this to all science fiction/monster
movies in general I might give it a lower score. But if you compared it to it's competition in the genre, then I would give it 5 stars.
A lot of people call this a bad movie or one that is so bad that it's good. I disagree. I think the acting was good and the special effects were good for the time period. Another movie along these lines that was panned that I thought was pretty good is 'Lake Placid'.
If you are into giant reptile, snake, shark, etc. movies then you will probably like this movie. This was not a low budget movie so it has much better production values than your typical movie in this genre. That said, if you don't think this movie is any good then don't waste your time on any of the many SyFy original movies along with quite a few other genre movies in this category.
Recommended for all fans of the genre. This is really the one that kicked it off movies of this type.