Daniel Fierman
November 19, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Instinct

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Cuba Gooding Jr., Anthony Hopkins
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a D+

Instinct Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr. (1999, Touchstone, 126 mins., R, also on DVD) Eager shrink Theo Caulder (Gooding Jr.) is dispatched to a hellish prison to unravel the dark mysteries of gorilla expert Ethan Powell (Hopkins)—rendered mute after being arrested for savagely offing Rwandan park rangers. Never mind that the film’s portrayal of the mentally ill is on a par with There’s Something About Mary’s—the clumsy moral that we were all better off as hunters and gatherers couldn’t be sillier. Reel Goodies (0:36) Though seen on screen throughout, Hopkins finally utters his first line (for the record: ”Goodbye”). The Last Detail Sir Anthony temporarily retired after this bit of monkey business; he’s wrapped his return project, next May’s Mission: Impossible 2. D+

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