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Kong: Skull Island

  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson. A group of scientists and mercenaries are sent to a newly discovered Pacific island to investigate its unusual fauna. When their convoy is destroyed, the team faces a battle for survival against Skull Island's monstrous inhabitants - among them a certain giant ape.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Hollywood's most iconic primate returns to the screen, but rather than circus ringleaders or showbiz impresarios it's the might of the US military that has designs on his humungous haunches. Army colonel Samuel L Jackson's last mission before leaving Vietnam is to ferry a party of civilians, led by pushy scientist John Goodman and steely Brit tracker Tom Hiddleston, to the mystical island that is the lair of not just Kong but sundry other ne'er-do-well beasties. Naturally, events don't follow the visitors' plans, and situations of the life-threatening variety come thick and fast, but it's a cracking white-knuckle ride from start to finish. The aforementioned players acquit themselves perfectly while not especially pulling any rabbits out of hats. The real (human) star of the show is John C Reilly's wild-eyed veteran pilot, the most grounded and logic-possessed of all the visitors, whose respect and even love for the ape gives the film a heart that previous incarnations never quite managed.

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Credits

Cast

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James ConradTom Hiddleston
Mason WeaverBrie Larson
Lieutenant Colonel PackardSamuel L Jackson
Bill RandaJohn Goodman
Hank MarlowJohn C Reilly
Jack Chapman / KongToby Kebbell
Houston BrooksCorey Hawkins
Victor NievesJohn Ortiz (1)
ColeShea Whigham
SanJing Tian
MillsJason Mitchell
SlivkoThomas Mann (2)
Landsat SteveMarc Evan Jackson
Senator WillisRichard Jenkins
<em>Athena</em> captainRobert Taylor (4)

Crew

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DirectorJordan Vogt-Roberts

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2017-03-09
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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