Sunday, October 18, 2015

Horrors of October - Anaconda: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid

Anaconda: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid (2004)

Several scientists and researchers charter a boat in Borneo in order to find the titled plant, which can extended human life if synthesized, but must deal with dissension and several large snakes before they can rip it from its stem. I remember vividly how utterly confused I was at the fact that this unwanted sequel was released into theaters; was anyone really patiently waiting seven years to see more ANACONDA? Now that I have seen this superfluous product, I was surprised to find that it's simply okay. It's an average adventure flick with a decent cast of actors, all of whom were looking to break from their usual routine of television work save for Morris Chestnut. The film is perfectly suitable to have on in the background while doing other work and if you pay attention, you will find a throwback to ole jungle action fare, complete with random inserts of the team's monkey sidekick. My main issue with the picture is that the anacondas don't really matter nor have much of a presence in the story. You could easily cut or change out several of the snake kills and the plot would remain the same. If you need a concrete example, examine how the finale has a giant snake orgy going on within a pit but the main conflict in the scene is centered solely on the humans duking it out. Additionally, the film's four screenwriters(!), including ROBOCOP's Edward Neumeier(!!), didn't bother to make us care for the characters and their personal plight; I was only concerned about Salli Richardson simply because I like her and her work. Again, you're not going to get much from this material but the decency of it all makes it slightly serviceable.


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