Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Directed by Dwight H. Little. Written by John CLaflin, Daniel Zelman, Michael Miner and Ed Neumeier. Starring Johnny Messner, KaDee Strickland, Matthew Marsden, Nicholas Gonzalez, Eugene Byrd, Karl Yune, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Morris Chestnut.

Plot: a scientific expedition soon become hunted by large, hungry snakes.

In this sequel to Anaconda (1997), a team of scientists, funded by a pharmaceutical company, head to a jungle in Borneo to find a flower they believe will extend human life. Of course, they all take a shortcut – a dangerous shortcut – to get to said flower. And that’s when the overly large anacondas come to eat them whole.

The movie starts like it’s going to focus on Gail (Richardson-Whitfield), who is really, really bad at acting, but then it shifts focus to Sam (Strickland) out of nowhere, which isn’t a bad thing. The script is kind of awful, the crocodile fight between Bill (Messner) and the crocodile is hilarious and the whole idea of it is just so unrealistic. Still, the movie has it’s high points. Some of the characters were likable, it was pretty entertaining and the monkey was awesome. We loved the monkey. He was the best actor in the whole film.

We actually liked the whole thing much better than the too-serious-for-it’s-own-good original film. It was just so-so, but still much better than the original.

My score: 46. DJ’s score: 53.

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