ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID Add To My Top 10

Mindless, Suspenseful Fun for the End of the Summer

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Release Date: August 27, 2004

Starring: Johnny Messner, KaDee Strickland, Matthew Marsden, and Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Genre: Action Thriller/Horror

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13 for action violence,
scary images and some language

Runtime: 94 minutes

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Content:

(Pa, LLL, VV, S, A, D, MM) Pagan worldview with success based entirely on money; 17 light obscenities, 14 strong obscenities, and 10 profanities; action violence with tiger chasing man through jungle, alligator snapping at woman, man wrestling and stabbing alligator, enormous snakes eating and chasing people, man’s back covered with leeches, human skeletons discovered, man poisoned by spider, villain shoots man, and snake shot with flare gun; some sexual innuendo; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, man endangers his teammates’ lives for greed, sabotages team, releases poisonous spider, and steals raft.

GENRE: Action Thriller/Horror

Summary:

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID doesn’t strive to be anything more than a popcorn movie with a few scares and thrills, but it mostly succeeds. The characters are all motivated by greed, and there is a steady flow of moderately strong foul language.

Review:

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID is a follow-up to 1997’s ANACONDA, starring Jennifer Lopez. It doesn’t strive to be anything more than a popcorn movie with a few scares and thrills, but it mostly succeeds in that regard.

Two scientists discover a rare flower that could increase peoples’ life expectancies by 50 or 60 years. A medical firm equips them with researchers and technicians, and a team of six ventures into the jungle to attain more samples of the flower. Of course the jungle becomes dangerous when they are besieged by flooding, an out of control boat, deadly creatures, greedy teammates, and the overgrown, hungry anacondas, a breed of giant snakes.

Slow and obvious at the beginning, ANACONDAS takes off once the team begins their journey down the river. The filmmakers play with the audience’s expectations, giving them a few false starts and creepy moments that are more exciting than much of the predictable horror fair in theaters now.

Foul language is frequent. With all the repetitions of the “s” word, the PG-13 rating is surprising. There are sex-related jokes, but they are relatively mild. The most objectionable aspect of the movie is that all of the characters have purely financial motives, but they are never rebuked. The greediest team member meets an especially cruel fate, but everyone on the expedition was there to fill their wallets. When matters of health and medicine are concerned, that’s a disappointing motive.

As might be expected, there are some big plot holes – why can’t they take helicopters instead of a broken-down boat? and what happened to their phone? – but the most irksome thing about this movie was the pet monkey who was trained to react in human-like ways to the actors. Intended to be a funny or cute break from the action, the monkey is just annoying.

Overall, ANACONDAS is a mindless summer action movie, but with tense, exciting moments, it would be fairly entertaining if it wasn’t marred by foul language.

In Brief:

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID doesn’t strive to be anything more than a popcorn movie with a few scares and thrills, but it mostly succeeds. Two scientists discover a rare flower that could increase peoples’ life expectancies by years. A medical firm equips them with researchers and technicians, and a team of six people ventures into the jungle to attain more samples of the flower. The jungle becomes dangerous when they are besieged by flooding, an out of control boat, deadly creatures, greedy teammates, and overgrown, hungry anaconda snakes.

Slow and obvious at the beginning, ANACONDAS takes off once the team begins their journey down the river. The filmmakers play with the audience’s expectations, giving them a few false starts and creepy moments that are more exciting than much of the predictable horror fair in theaters now. Foul language is frequent, and so the PG-13 rating is surprising. There are mild sex-related jokes. All of the characters have purely financial motives, however. When matters of health and medicine are concerned, that’s a disappointing motive. Overall, ANACONDAS is a mindless summer action movie, with tense, exciting moments and foul language.