The brilliant thing about most creature features is that you can always count on them to give you a few surprises that make you jump out of your seat for a second, and then laugh at yourself and everyone else who fell for the "jump at you" action onscreen. "Anaconda" is chock full of such surprises, and a pretty decent looking creature as well. It also has a host of actors with solid(although not necessarily commercially successful)movie careers such as Jon Voight and Eric Stoltz and it shows us three actors(Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and, to a lesser extent, Kari Wuhrer)on the edge of future brilliant careers. It also has a rapper(Ice-Cube), which gives it street-cred(Actually, Ice-Cube does a good job in this film). I won't bore you with a synopsis of the story, because it's a monster movie, it's either going to eat everything or destroy everything. That's the beautiful thing about this movie. It plays out in front of you with no intentions to scare you senseless or make you afraid to swim in a river. Instead, it gives you a good time and some no-brainer fun. The story is decent, although not original, and the action moves along at a decent rate. A couple of parts are slow, but they are made up for with the climactic ending, in monster movie terms at least. This movie also gives you the option to make a game out of it. Be sure to invite a few good, preferably intoxicated, friends over and take a shot of your favorite poison every time someone falls in the water, gets squeezed, or every time they show J-Lo's bulbous backside. Before you know it, you'll think this is the greatest motion picture ever made and you'll want to see it again and again. But seriously folks, watch this film for what it is, a creature feature that isn't as slick or big-time as Devlin and Emmerich's "Godzilla," but ten times as cool as "Lake Placid." Highly recommended if you're looking for a good time.
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This giant-man-eating-snake-in-the-jungle thriller definitely scores points as a guilty pleasure, especially with Jon Voight hamming it up as the monster-poacher. He makes life miserable for a team of documentary filmmakers on the Amazon river.Anacondais one of those movies that exists for no other reason than to give computer animators a chance to strut their stuff with a new digital beastie, and they don't disappoint. It's a lot of fun to watch the mega-snake scarf down its victims and--in the case of Voight--regurgitate 'em right back up again, all covered in gooey digestive juices. You might wonder why Eric Stoltz, who plays Dr. Steven Cale, showed up for a role that requires him to be off-screen for most of the movie, but hey--when it comes to big snake movies, you might as well put your brain on hold and sit back for the slimy ride.--Jeff Shannon