Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 25, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/27/04
performer
Morris Chestnut, Johnny Messner, Eugene Byrd, Nicholas Gonzalez
director
Dwight Little
distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing
author
Jim Cash, Jack Epps, William Massa
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Horror

We gave it a D+

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid arrives with fancier CGI creatures taking over for the endearingly crummy animatronic serpent that scared the short shorts off Jennifer Lopez back before she was J. Lo. But there’s no enjoyably outlandish hiss to this variation on the formula, and no Ice Cube or Owen Wilson, either. This time, a ship of capitalist fools (and no movie stars, unless you count utility player Morris Chestnut as a headliner) steams along the river in Borneo — they’re pharmaceutical researchers who see dollar signs among the title flora. But as the players squabble and shriek their way to safety (or gory death), connoisseurs of fake-snake formula movies may find themselves pining for the guest-star wackiness provided in the original by Jon Voight. Those purists are encouraged to enliven their Anacondas experience by placing friendly wagers on who’s expendable, and in what order.

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