Anaconda (1997) is an action adventure thriller horror movie that was not what I expected and did not meet my expectations. Director Luis Llosa (11-11 En mi cuadra nada cuadra (2013), The Specialist (1994), Fire on the Amazon (1993)) failed upon executing this movie to its full potential. The film contains non-sexual top nude scenes, violence, bad language, man-eating anacondas, suspense, and beautiful sceneries. The movie was slow paced at times with the actors overacting, and you can tell they are are acting because facial expressions are forced. I would love to see this movie be remade into something worth watching instead of watching the time to see when it is going to finish. I did like the killer eating Anaconda and was applauding when a few actors were consumed or strangled. I would not watch this movie again but rated it a five because it was not a huge disappointment. The movie desperately needs better actors, director, editor and a better special effects crew. The screenplay was nice from what I can see, and the movie had high potential for something worth watching if all of the above fails were met. Some adventure fans might love this movie because of the adventure aspect of it and because of Jennifer Lopez, but overall, the film does not fulfill my expectations.
The movie revolves around a snake hunter who is keeping a National Geographic film crew hostage while he seeks a legendary giant anaconda in the Amazon rainforest. Director Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) and her crew are filming a documentary about a long-lost Indian tribe on the Amazon River. Flores and her team decide to help Paraguayan snake hunter Paul Serone, who is stranded. Paul (Jon Voight - Mission: Impossible (1996), Heat (1995), Transformers (2007), Deliverance (1972)) soon gained control over the boat and took command. Paul then forced the filming crew to help him hunt and capture a giant anaconda that is supposed to be record breaking. One of Flores crew member, Gary sides with Paul after Paul assures him that he will get him out alive if Gary helps him find the anaconda. It did not take long for that promise to be broken after the anaconda eats Gary. After a few events, Paul is tied up and later dumps a bucket of monkey blood on two crew members because he will use them as bait. There is a whole lot of anaconda action in this movie that includes baby anacondas and humongous giant anacondas.
About Anaconda (1997)
Starring: Frank Welker, Danny Trejo, Kari Wuhrer, Jonathan Hyde, Owen Wilson, Jon Voight, Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube, Vincent Castellanos
Director: Luis Llosa