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Congo [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Lew1
The problem with "Movie Critics" is that they watch movies as a profession and thus anything that doesn't leave them reeling with shock or buzzing with new ideas to justify their time sitting down and watching it is panned as unwatchable.

The truth is that most of us watch a lot of movies for pure escapism and enjoyment in preference to doing something rather dull in our normal lives. We watch the film to fill an evening or as a background to night in and it doesn't matter to us that its all claptrap, so long as its enjoyable.

Congo is not going to challenge anything in your head, but as a popcorn and soda type film, its hugely enjoyable. The pacing is good and feels epic without being slow. The story, as daft as it is, keeps the viewer on edge and the actors revel in their parts knowing that this is not the next Clockwork Orange.

Perhaps the real criticism is the fact that it is based on a novel that is scientific and thoughtful in its approach. I can imagine if you are a fan of the novel, the film will seem disappointing simply because of its different approach.

There are some terrible movies that seem to go on forever without getting close to being interesting, Congo is not one of them - Jerry Goldsmith's musical score sooths the action and terrible lines are delivered with a zest that suggest the actors know its looney, but aren't going to let that stop them (and us) getting on with having a good time.

A little scary in places and with great set pieces and characters getting what they deserve at the hand of rabid gorillas in a lost jungle temple, this film is under-rated. Great to have on as thin flick that isn't nearly as bad as critics will lead you to believe. Just Enjoy It!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop eating my Sesame cake!!!! 25 Mar 2014
A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters.

When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them.

She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters and sets out to rescue her former fiancé.

What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall.

yes, the film was basically selling itself as the new Jurassic Park, and while it's nowhere near as good as that behemoth, it still has it's moments.

Despite the poor script, there are some good characters here who really make you want to like the film more. Curry as always is the one with a secret, Linney plays the straight woman, but most of all, it's Hudson here who really steals the show.

With his tongue firmly in cheek, he spouts his lines with cheesy glee stealing the thunder from anyone else.

Effects are not the best, but i think it adds to the films silly charm.

Not to be taken seriously, just a big silly movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A B-movie with a budget 12 July 2013
`Congo' never tries to be anything other than a B-movie. The plot is kind of simple. The characters are pretty stereotypical and the dialogue is hardly Shakespeare. In fact, when films are talked about, Congo is always forgotten. It wasn't received that well at its time of release, yet all that doesn't mean it's necessarily a bad film.

Yes, it's kind of cheesy, but it's also kind of fun. It's an adventure that follows a group of scientists as they attempt to return a friendly gorilla to her natural habitat (in the Congo, would you believe?). Unfortunately, things don't go their way and they have to contend with everything from corrupt local soldiers to angry hippos and killer gorillas.

It's one of those adventure movies that could - loosely - be put in the same category as the Indiana Jones movies. Don't get me wrong... it's nowhere near as good as Indy's outings, but, if you're looking for a fun movie that rolls along with plenty of action, then give this a go.

I would say that the only major drawback came from the marketing. If you watch the trailers for it or read the write-up, all it talks about is how the team encounters hostile gorillas. That's the film's selling point. However, the said gorillas don't actually make an appearance until the last twenty-five minutes or so, so, by then, you may be wondering where they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Congo 20 July 2012
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I love the gorilla Amey, she is definitely the star of the film. A very enjoyable film as long as you don't dissect it too much, the book is more interesting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure 8 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Many people don't believe Congo to be a good movie. This is especially true of the fans of the novel, which is much darker and very different.
However, the film is much more like an oldfashioned African adventure serial or movie, and captures the feel of a modern King Solomon's Mines (Haggard).
The plot, acting and effects all add to the good fun of the film, as it is not particularly realistic, but a laugh to watch with friends - especially if you're fans of the good old adventures, or are 'adventurers'or travelers yourselves !
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars um bongo 14 Jun 2006
Not since the last Spielberg effort have I seen such a badly scripted, cheesily acted, risible, cliché-ridden piece of old muff. I loved it! Imagine Twister without any twisters and a completely different cast/plot/location and you've pretty much got the whole story: Laura Linney goes to the pantry looking for a Blue Riband and upsets a rare group of apes when she knocks over their teapot. Carnage ensues. Practically. Who cares if it looks cheap and makes no sense. It's fun and fast-paced and the lead actor has curly hair. At least it's not some dreary old British film making you wince everytime you miss out on the bonus ball. "Cricklewood" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

You'll believe an ape can sign ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Rumble(ings)in the Jungle!"
I have loved this movie since it came out nearly 20 years ago now.This is "Raiders","Planet of the Apes" and "King solomons Mines" all rolled into one... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars Put them on the endangered species list
"Congo" is a film that massacres a novel by Michael Crichton. A team of scientists and soldiers enter the dark rain forests of the Congo in search of a mysterious blue diamond that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites.
been hunting for ages for this film. thank you!
who doesn't love Tim Curry? Anything with him in is worth watching!
Published 12 months ago by Ingrid
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd
I was extremely pleased with the price and the service from this seller, value for money and I love this film Congo why I purchased it for my friends son who loved it, will I use... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Danger Apes
An excellent film about an expedition who are returning an ape to the dangergous Congo, a rainforest with some evil secrets and an explorer who believes in the ancient myths of the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Andrew50
3.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn, time-pass and lots of big monkeys??!!
Let's be absolutely clear that this movie is NOT "The Usual Suspects" or "Memento", and it never aspired to be so. What it aims to be (a good entertainer), it almost becomes. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by RIJU GANGULY
3.0 out of 5 stars okay film, lot missed out!
This is an okay film - I guess you can't cover everything the book has. The book is far better and the film misses out a lot of things the book had in it - some things I really... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Londoner
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Escapism
I loved this movie, Tim Curry was sublimeley funny, Ernie Hudson's British accent was good, and the epitomie of cool, laura linney is gorgeous and it has Joe Pantaliano ... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2010 by Morris.av
4.0 out of 5 stars Congo
Action and drama when a group travels to Congo to get a gorilla home. But some of them have other intentions with the trip and are not what they seem.
Published on 1 Oct 2010 by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Sir Conan Doyle shivers in his shame
A pale remake of so many films or books about the Mines of King Solomon, the lost valley and the wild African nature that has no real existence except in our phantasms. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2008 by Jacques COULARDEAU
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