The Hated – Review of Congo
Following the success of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, there was a resurgence of his book to movie adaptations in the 90’s. Many of these were panned by critics, and I’ll be reviewing a few of them here, since I still like them. One of the hated, released in 1995, was Congo.
I didn’t see this in the theater, I saw it on TV after the fact. Still, I thought it was a pretty fun movie. For those who haven’t seen it, this movie goes like this. Media conglomerate guy sends his son in search of a diamond to power a laser, which is to be used for communications. He gets attacked, and they send his girlfriend/coworker after him. In order to get into that area of the Congo, they tag along with a primate scientist guy (I’m super smart and eloquent), who is going to return a captive gorilla to the wild. Said gorilla can speak using sign language, and has sensors on her to turn her signing into speech.
Hokey? Yup. Still thought it was good? Yup.
What they find, is a temple protected by these grey killer gorillas, who were bred by their makers to be killers to protect the diamonds. Hilarity ensues. That’s pretty much the gist of the movie. Still, I thought it was entertaining. The killer gorilla part was done well, the special effects and animatronics were awesome and very believable, and the acting was solid.
Hell, it had Bruce fucking Campbell and Tim goddamn Curry in it. Granted, Bruce was in it for all of 5 minutes or less, but still. Besides, Curry was a complete lunatic in it, which he does REALLY well. It also has Ernie Hudson as the tour guide, who was fucking awesome as well!
So, even though parts of this may have come off as silly (which I think was intentional), I think that overall this was a cool and fun movie. The idea of the grey apes being bred and trained to be intelligent psycho guardians was awesome, and the effects and suspense was done really well. I’m not sure why it got the hate it did, I certainly don’t think it deserved it.