Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

Jordan Vogt-Roberts (2017)

118min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Years after two enemy pilots land on a mysterious island, a top-secret mission to the same region descends into chaos when the local wildlife proves far from welcoming. Action adventure, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson and Brie Larson.

Cast & Crew

James Conrad Tom Hiddleston
Mason Weaver Brie Larson
Lieutenant Colonel Packard Samuel L Jackson
Bill Randa John Goodman
Hank Marlow John C Reilly
Jack Chapman / Kong Toby Kebbell
Houston Brooks Corey Hawkins
Victor Nieves John Ortiz (1)
Cole Shea Whigham
San Jing Tian
Mills Jason Mitchell
Slivko Thomas Mann (2)
Landsat Steve Marc Evan Jackson
Senator Willis Richard Jenkins
Athena captain Robert Taylor (4)
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Mar 2017
Drama