Dwight H. Little
Hans Bauer, Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr.
John Clafin & Daniel Zelman
Michael Miner & Ed Neumeier
“A research team head deep into the jungles of Borneo to try and find a rare flower with rejuvenating qualities, however, things take a turn for the worst when their shortcut leaves them stranded in the middle of giant anaconda mating season.”
- Johnny Messener – Bill Johnson
- KaDee Strickland – Sam Rogers
- Matthew Marsden – Dr Jack Byron
- Nicolas Gonzalez – Dr Ben Douglas
- Eugene Byrd – Cole Burris
- Karl Yune – Tran Wu
- Salli Richardson – Gail Stern
- Morris Chesnut – Gordon Mitchell
- Andy Anderson- John Livingston
- Anaconda – Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
- They Nest! – John Clafin, Daniel Zelman
Anaconda 2 (because the naming in this series is stupid so I’m just going to call them numerically) is a stand-alone sequel that also received a theatrical release but this time sacrifices quality film-making for more interesting characters.
A research team head deep into the jungles of Borneo to try and find a rare flower with rejuvenating qualities, however, things take a turn for the worst when their shortcut leaves them stranded in the middle of giant anaconda mating season.
To say nothing else, Anaconda 2 is actually more enjoyable than its predecessor and despite even worse reviews, still managed to earn over triple its budget at the box office. The film is a straight hybrid between A-movie and B-movie, on the one hand having a decent budget and some nice looking photography but also having clichéd characters, an over-reliance on CGI and a paint-by-numbers storyline.
Similarly to how the two best performances in the first film were by the bad guy and the snake (voiced by Frank Welker) in Anaconda 2 the best performances come from the bad guy and the hunter’s pet monkey, named Kong. I’m being serious, Kong is far more emotive and expressive than the rest of the human cast and the fact that he survives made me like the film slightly more than I did already.
British actor Matthew Marsden makes for a pretty awesome bad guy by going straight for the subtly evil approach. Whilst his character is nothing new or original, he manages to make his performance menacing enough despite his less-than-flattering frame.
By embracing its B-movie nature more than the first film, I would have to say that Anaconda 2 can be a pretty enjoyable experience, as long as your expectations aren’t too high. On a side note, Anaconda 1 and 2 were written by the guys behind Top Gun. I have no point to further that fact but I just wanted to get it out there.