Critic Consensus: Mired in campy visual effects and charmless characters, Congo is a suspenseless adventure that betrays little curiosity about the scientific concepts it purports to care about.
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as Peter Elliot
as Karen Ross
as Monroe Kelly
as Herkermer Homolka
as R.B. Travis
as Eleanor Romy
as College President
as Arliss Wender
as Transport Worker
as Travicom Employee
as Bob Driscoll
as Mr. Janus
as 727 pilot
as Transport Worker No. 1
as Transport Worker No. 2
as African Airport Guard
as Roadblock Soldier
as Hospital Officer/Roadblock Officer
as Hospital Interrogator
as Lead Porter
as Mizumu Tribesman
as Mizumu Tribesman
as Witch Doctor
Critic Reviews for Congo
Feels as if the picture were edited to leave the action sequences in while removing any connecting material that might have helped them make sense.
This glib, overheated film about vicious primates delivers little suspense...
The entire tone of the book has been transformed from tension to tongue-in-cheek with dismal results.
A splendid example of a genre no longer much in fashion, the jungle adventure story.
Audience Reviews for Congo
A remake of the original King Kong, which was a standard adventure tale until the big fellow was introduced. It's the same here, an adventure tale, a safari into darkest Africa (with Hudson's head of the safari quite good actually). Only by now its all been done before so you know what's coming an hour before it arrives. They leave out the lust in the jungle angle, I don't know why.
Wow I remember seeing this at the cinema, being released and trailers etc..it feels like eons ago!. At the time I quite liked the film but didn't think it was awesome or anything, on a rewatch I'm still quite liking the film for its good old fashioned boys own jungle adventure theme and nice character work. I think the casting is a winner here mainly with Ernie Hudson as the smooth well spoken guide, in the old classic Hollywood silver screen sense, bordering on caddish. Alongside him is Tim Curry hamming it up quite horrendously as a Romanian philanthropist, with both characters you are never quite sure if they will turn out to be bad guys or not. Rest of the cast is a little wet but there are a few nice cameos thrown in. Problem with this film is the dodgy looking puppet/animatronic mask work on the friendly gorillas which just doesn't quite look right. The nasty vicious grey gorillas look pretty good, spooky and scary with decent mask/makeup work, but movement for all apes concerned is obviously men in suits and just doesn't work. Looks very very cheesy, almost B-movie standards at some points, that and the obvious sets, at times the film looks awful. Locations vary from being nice to clearly not Africa but does the job just about. The whole film is along those lines really, it does the job by the skin of its teeth. You get the thrills of an 'Indy' type adventure mixed with 'King Solomon's Mines' with everything you might expect along the way such as creepy jungles, natives, lava flows, eerie ancient ruins and statues, skulls n bones etc...a real throw back to good old fashioned daring escapades in the unknown. It could of really sunk but just about holds its own and comes across as a fun B-movie without becoming an actual bad B-movie.
Cheesy, bad acting, and dialogue is way too scripted. Stay away.
|Transport Worker:||Stop eating my sesame cake!|
|Peter Elliot:||I don't have a price! I'm not a pound of sugar; I'm a primatologist!|
|Peter Elliot:||I don't have a price! I'm not a pound of sugar, I'm a primatologist!|
|Dr. Karen Ross:||Put 'em on the endangered species list!|
|Herkermer Homolka:||I will pay.... I.. Will pay!|
|Herkermer Homolka:||I will pay!|