Congo 1995

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When an explorer?s quest for a diamond mine ends tragically in the Congo, his father and the operation?s CEO sends Dr. Karen Ross (Laura Linney, Love Actually, Mystic River, The Exorcism of Emily Rose ) into the jungle to continue the hunt?maybe for his son, but definitely for the diamonds.

Starring:
Dylan Walsh,Laura Linney
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Congo

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Frank Marshall
Starring Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney
Supporting actors Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Philip Tan, James Paradise, Carolyn Seymour, Romy Rosemont
Studio paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lew1 on 8 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
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 By Corey Newcombe on 25 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
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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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. While Crichton's novel is a complex introspection of the different ways in which mankind has been trying to interact with hostile nature for a long-long time, told in an action-packed manner befitting a pastiche of "King Solomon's Mines", this movie is exactly as described above. I admit that CGI would not have been effective in displaying the menace of the white gorillas, but the make-up simply gave too much away (you would find them more disturbing while they are hiding behind the foliage). Nevertheless, an enjoyable movie, and unless you are a professional critic or an "arty"-type out to compare this movie with aforesaid classics, you would enjoy it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GoldfishNation on 14 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
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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By Andrew50 on 30 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
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 congo who is after the diamonds in the temple. A researcher called Dr. Elliot adopted the gorilla so he could teach it to talk in which he succeded, and the gorilla called Amy will help the expedition so she can be returned to her habitat her vocal capabilities will help an eccentric explorer named Herkemer Homolka to fulfill his mission to collect the diamonds. Little do they know that this place is cursed and crawling with demon gorillas. A fantastic movie with a great plot and delivery from Herkermer Homolka (Tim Curry).
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