Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jason revisits Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

I've seen far worse movies than Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. But I've seen far better too. Still, for a Sunday night at the movies over a couple of brews, this was an OK way to kill 90 or so minutes.

A scientific expedition sets out for Borneo to seek a flower called the Blood Orchid, which could grant longer life. Meanwhile, they run afoul of snakes and each other.

This is a stand-alone sequel to Anaconda, with none of the original cast returning save the titular snake. Or, in this case, snakes. I hate snakes. A lot.

That said, there's not as much snake in this movie as I remembered. But the snake scenes do deliver, especially the mating ball sequence toward the end. Lots of snakes = plenty of heebie jeebies. 'Nuff said.

At risk of offending, this film was made at the height of the era when every film needed a smart-mouthed, urban black dude. I was really hoping the one in this film would get eaten. He's as annoying as fuck. He doesn't. Spoiler alert! But still. Shut up already.

KaDee Strickland is one of the hottest chicks on two legs. Ditto Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Thank you, ladies, for coming out. And Johnny Messner needs an action franchise. These three kept the movie going for me. And the snakes. I hate snakes, but they add an ick factor that works well here.

A decent outing, and a Bad from me. I didn't waste my time at all.

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