Congo (1995)

FRANK MARSHALL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1995.  Paramount Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company.   Screenplay by , based on the novel by . Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 simply looks embarrassed to be in the film. A subplot that involves a gorilla who can talk through sign language is absolutely ludicrous.

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