Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1995. Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company. Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Cinematography by Allen Daviau. Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Marilyn Matthews. Film Editing by Anne V. Coates.
Michael Crichton’s horror novel has reached the big screen with exceptionally unimpressive results. A team composed of army brass and scientists are sent to the jungles of Africa after a previous team was lost in search of a diamond reserve whose precious stones were to be used for communication devices. What they find is a huge diamond mine that is being protected by vicious, evil apes with highly evolved, murderous capabilities. As with Sphere, this one played out way better on paper than it does on screen, and it doesn’t help that all the performances are pretty undercooked. Laura Linney makes a boring debut as the fiancée of one of the missing adventurers, while Tim Curry simply looks embarrassed to be in the film. A subplot that involves a gorilla who can talk through sign language is absolutely ludicrous.