A megalomaniac C.E.O. sends his son into the dangerous African Congo on a quest for a source of diamonds large enough and pure enough to function as powerful laser communications transmitters (or is it laser weapons?). When contact is lost with his son and the team, his sometime daughter- in-law is sent after them. She is a former CIA operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a a nutty Indiana-Jones-type looking for King Solomon's Mines), sets out to rescue her former fiancé. What they all discover is that often what we most want turns out to be the source of our downfall. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Composer Jerry Goldsmith was originally brought on board when the film was being conceived in the '80s. When it went into production again in the '90s, James Newton Howard was hired to write the score. Howard composed the tribal chant used in the film, but had to back out of the project. Goldsmith was then brought back on board. See more »
Monroe Kelly's facial scratches lengthen. See more »
Don't get me wrong, this is not Oscar worthy in the least, nor does it stand as a particularly entertaining popcorn flick.
I love this movie because of it's incredible cheesiness, from the talking gorilla to Tim Curry's greedy diamond chaser to the absurd diamond laser plot line. I've read Crichton's book and it's quite good, the movie however, misses a lot of the time.
That being said, I still love watching it, I can't explain it, I guess it's so bad that it's good for a laugh whenever I see it, and watching people devoured by psychopathic gorillas never gets old.
If you've got friends over, pop this one in and give it the MST3K treatment, you'll have a blast I'm sure.
Like I said, no redeeming value to be had here but if you like watching bad movies just for the heck of it, this may be one to check out.
P.S. Joe Pantoliano's cameo is golden.
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