A megalomaniacal 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 C.I.A. operative and, accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and 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>
Comments here are general so as to not reveal any plot or character details of the actual movie. Anyone that has read the book should understand them well enough to know what is being referenced.
This movie bears only a general resemblance to the Michael Crichton book. Beginning, middle, and end... it's all at considerable odds with the original tale.
There isn't anywhere near the setup or explanation of what the expedition is for, or why it's happening. The journey is at odds with the story, as are most of the characters (either in personality, presence/absence, and so on). All things considered, I would say that this movie just BARELY qualifies as being 'based' on the book by virtue of being about an expedition that travels to the Congo with a gorilla.
If you have any expectation of this movie being anything like the excellent Crichton story, you're in for a BIG disappointment.
Still, it's a tolerably decent movie; I'd have given it a higher rating if they hadn't hijacked an otherwise good story.
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