A documentary film crew comes across a snake hunter, who is
on a quest to capture the world's largest, and deadliest, snake.
Directed by Luis Llosa
Written by Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight,
Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde, Owen Wilson,
Kari Wuhrer, Vincent Castellanos, Danny Trejo
Anaconda, by no stretch of the imagination, is a great film; but it's an enjoyable one. I mean, it features a giant snake eating a who's who of 90's celebrities, so there's actually quite a bit to enjoy. Proving to be a critical failure but a commercial success, Anaconda has gone on to achieve a cult following amongst film fans, especially fans of the creature feature sub-genre.
The cast does a, mostly, decent job with their characters. Jennifer Lopez seems to be coasting in this movie, mainly relying on her star power at the time. Still, her character is easy enough to root for. Ice Cube does a generally good job of a more subdued version of himself, even though his signature attitude creeps in towards the end of the film. Jon Voight plays a good villain, except for the terrible South American accent he attempts to do. I don't know if he insisted on it, but he he should have dropped it entirely. Apart from a few glaring moments of CGI, the snake looked pretty good and was a suitable creature to fear. And, honestly, I think we can all agree the idea of being eaten by a giant anaconda is pretty terrifying.
While not one of the best films ever made, I still find it to be quite enjoyable. The snake is generally scary and the cast is game for the material. Anaconda is a fun time and something I'm not afraid to admit I own.