Congo is a 1995 American science fiction action-adventure film loosely based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. The picture was directed by Frank Marshall starring Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, Grant Heslov and Joe Don Baker. The film was released on June 9, 1995, by Paramount Pictures. Congo received quite negative reviews but performed better than Paramount expected.
Scientist Karen Ross (Laura Linney) is sent by her father-in-law, mogul R.B. Travis (Joe Don Baker), to the Congo to determine the whereabouts of his son's missing diamond-hunting team. Led by expert guide Kelly (Ernie Hudson), Ross and a mismatched search party -- including primatologist Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh), treasure hunter Herkermer Homolka (Tim Curry) and a gorilla -- discover a danger far more sinister than anything they expected to find, even in the heart of the jungle.
Why It Sucks
- The movie barely stays true to the original source material.
- A lot of the characters act much more different on the film than they did in the book.
- The film feels like that it's ripping off elements from Steven Spielberg films, especially the Jurassic Park films.
- A lot of the special effects are poorly executed, especially the laser gun effects.
- The costumes for the apes are horrible, and are clearly fake like looking.
- The acting is very poor, especially from veteran actors such as Tim Curry and Bruce Campbell (the latter only appears at the beginning of the film).
- Lots of laughable dialogue, such as Tim Curry's line "No! No! The Diamonds are here!".
- Most of the characters are very unlikable or poorly-written.
- Some of the deaths can be pretty vile such as a scientist getting his eyeball torn out by a grey gorilla and Kahega beheading a snake from the tree.
- Amy the Gorilla's voice keeps stuttering at times for some reason and keeps repeating such as the scene where they leave for the jungle.
- Most scenes are pointless such as the characters talking to the African government and the mating season scene.
- The African jungle backgrounds are very lazy and poor and don’t look like Africa at all such as the scene where the plane gets shot down.
- There is a cringeworthy and vile scene where Peter has a leech on his penis.
- Amy stops the grey gorillas in the stupidest way possible by calling them ugly.
- The film has some plot holes such as why is the temple built on a volcano in the first place.
- Another plot hole is that Ross destroys the satellite which means that several people will lose their jobs and how are they going to make more money.
- Where are Ross, Peter, and Captain Monroe Kelly are going to land in their hot air balloon that they used to leave Africa near the end?
- Tim Curry's performance on Homolka is very hilarious at times.
- Ernie Hudson's performance is also passable.
- Joe Don Baker's performance can get a good laugh or two at times as well.
- Some funny moments every now and then.
- The music score composed by the late Jerry Goldsmith isn’t too bad.
- The laser gun scene is pretty cool.
- The ending scene with Peter and Amy saying goodbye is emotional.
- "STOP EATING MY SESAME CAKE!"
- Some good location filming.
Reception and Awards
The film received very negative reviews and was rated 24% on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards.