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Gargantua (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Action  -  19 May 1998 (USA)
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Marine biologist Jack Ellway and his son Brandon are drawn to the Polynesian island of Malau to study the effects of recent seismic activity on the area's marine life. Along with the local ... See full summary »

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Jack Ellway
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Dr. Alyson Hart
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Brandon Ellway
Bobby Hosea ...
Colonel Wayne
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Paul Bateman
Peter Adams ...
Dr. Ralph Hale
Alexander Petersons ...
Derek Lawson
Monroe Reimers ...
President Manny Moki
Darren Selby ...
Kikko
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Puven Pather ...
Naru
Mae Montero ...
Tari
Fiona Edwards ...
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Aislinn Crowe ...
Girl #2
Don Battee ...
T.J. (as Donald Battee)
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Marine biologist Jack Ellway and his son Brandon are drawn to the Polynesian island of Malau to study the effects of recent seismic activity on the area's marine life. Along with the local doctor Alyson Hart, they soon become caught up in the investigation of a series of recent drownings with unexpected results. As Jack explores the surrounding ocean for a mysterious marine creature, Brandon discovers and befriends a three-foot-long baby creature that is able to leave the ocean and walk on land. As more dangerous and giant creatures come onto the island, and the military begins to take offensive action, Jack must risk everything to save the creatures, the island and his son. Written by ADAM G. THOMAS <agthomas@cyberspace.org>

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It's a Kid's Film!
13 September 2003 | by (Columbus, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Gargantua really isn't a bad film at all, once you understand that it is really designed for kids. It doesn't follow the standard rampaging monster picture formula; and it is definitely not an old fashioned "D" monster movie. It is an adventurous morality tale with modern ecological elements for kids, and the young at heart, to enjoy.

The monsters are not vicious; they are merely trying to protect themselves as a family. There is a clear parallel between them and the young boy who has lost is mother and clings so desperately to his father, the scientist in the times of danger. A good monster picture always has a scientist to explain the obvious to us. This one has a science hero who is a conservationist, determined to save the monsters if possible. The film has many elements with which children will quickly identify. It is really produced on that plane. I love a good monster flick of any kind and I can appreciate Gargantua on the level.

The production values of Gargantua are quite good. The camera work and the sea-going adventure scenes are quiet well done. The acting is superior and the plot is cohesive. Let the film thrill the kids and realize that it's not really made for jaded, overly-critical adults. It sure beats the pants off of the spate of formula snake movies and genetic mutation muddles I've seen of late. Let the kids have their fun with Gargantua, and go pick on "Boa", or Pythons 2, quagmires truly worthy of disdain.


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