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A documentary film crew headed by anthropologist Steve Cale (Eric Stoltz) and director Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) travel down the Amazon River in search of a mysterious Indian tribe. On their journey they save a man, Paul Sarone (Jon Voight), from a sinking boat. He offers to help in their search for the tribe, but he is actually a snake-hunter looking for the legendary Anaconda snake. When an accident leaves Cale unconscious, Sarone takes charge of the boat, leaving the rest of the crew in grave danger.
Monster movies haven’t ever really gone out of style, though the type and featured creature has varied over time. About 20 years ago, the aforementioned stars got together with Ice Cube to fight a giant CGI snake with a go-to move of rapidly wrapping itself around its victim and crushing them to death. Though the snake species is real, its behaviour is certainly exaggerated for the picture, which runs with the few known cases of the reptile eating humans. Voight is a great villain, playing the sleazy hunter that is both a lifesaver and threat in one. Stoltz’s screen time is limited, leaving it up to Lopez and Cube to save the day. It’s still very cheesy, but also works if you like that kind of thing.
Double Team (Blu-ray)
A world-class counter-terrorist (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and his flamboyant but deadly weapons dealer (Dennis Rodman) team up to escape from a penal colony and rescue his family from a terrorist (Mickey Rourke).
This wasn’t a typical Van Damme action movie as it fell into a goofier category with Rodman bringing a somewhat surprising sense of humour to the picture. In a Bond-like introduction, a retired JCVD is called back into duty to takedown an old foe because he knows him best. Of course, the familiarity goes both ways and the villainous Rourke evades capture and takes his revenge by kidnapping the agent’s pregnant wife. The organization’s retirement policy is uniquely unexpected and adds an additional obstacle, though nothing can stand in the way of the hero’s rescue. Between some expert MacGuyvering and Rodman’s reluctant help, they get the job done with ridiculous inaccuracy.