Anaconda (1997) Movie Review

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Anaconda (1997)

1997 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Adventure
89 minutes / 1h 29min

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Anaconda Plot Synopsis:

When a documentary crew traveling through the Amazon jungle, picks up a stranded man, they are unaware of the trouble that will occur. This stranger's hobby is to capture the giant Anaconda snake, and plans to continue targeting it on their boat, by any means necessary.

Anaconda (1997) Review

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.

  • Anaconda Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.44
  • IMDB: 4.7
  • MetaCritic: 3.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.0

About Anaconda 1997

Title: Anaconda
Year: 1997
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.22/5 stars from 84,662 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 84,662
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Anaconda Cast Starring: Frank Welker, Danny Trejo, Kari Wuhrer, Jon Voight, Jonathan Hyde, Eric Stoltz, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Vincent Castellanos
Anaconda Writers: Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Anaconda Director: Luis Llosa
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA, Brazil, Peru