Congo

Congo

Frank Marshall (1995)

103min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Michael Crichton's novel, on which this adventure is based, tried to do for gorillas what his Jurassic Park did for dinosaurs. But, under Frank Marshall's bland direction, this trek-through-the-jungle yarn is a disappointingly old-fashioned affair that lacks any sense of wonder. The plot, combining a lost civilisation, a highly intelligent gorilla that's been taught communication skills and venal scientists after diamonds for a laser gun, is a lacklustre no-brainer, and the movie scrapes the bottom of the fantasy barrel in terms of credibility, dire acting and clichéd special effects.

Summary

An expedition to find King Solomon's diamond mines in the jungles of the Congo disappears without trace. The tycoon behind the mission sends his assistant, a former CIA agent, to find out what became of the explorers - only to discover that the party met a grisly fate at the hands of a horde of vicious apes. Action adventure based on Michael Crichton's novel, with Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Tim Curry and Grant Heslov.

Cast & Crew

Dr Peter Elliot Dylan Walsh
Dr Karen Walsh Laura Linney
Herkermer Homolka Tim Curry
Capt Munro Ernie Hudson
Richard Grant Heslov
Kahega Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
RB Travis Joe Don Baker
Amy Lorene Noh
Moira Mary Ellen Trainor
Eleanor Romy Carolyn Seymour
Prof Arliss Wender Lawrence T Wrentz
Director Frank Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video and DVD
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