In New York, the ambitious Dr. Jack Byron and his associate Gordon Mitchell present the research of his assistant Sam Rogers to the CEO and board of directors of a corporation to sponsor a scientific expedition to Borneo. The objective is to find a flower, Blood Orchid, that flourishes for a couple of weeks every seven years and could be a fountain of youth, prolonging the expectation of life of human beings. They are succeeded and once in Borneo, they realize that it is the raining season and there is no boat available to navigate on the river. They pay US$ 50,000.00 to convince Captain Bill Johnson and his partner Tran to sail to the location. After an accident in a waterfall, the survivors realize that a pack of anacondas have gathered for mating and their nest is nearby the plantation of Blood Orchid, which made them bigger and bigger.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A research expedition into Borneo to locate the rare Black Orchid in bloom, is hampered by torrential rain, and the appearance of several extremely large, and equally hungry anacondas. The Black Orchid possesses a chemical compound equivalent to a 'fountain of youth', and worth billions to those who can discover and propagate it for human consumption. So when the group's vessel ("The Bloody Mary") is submerged after taking a tumble over a waterfall, they elect to continue in search of the fatal flower, and one-by-one die regretting that decision.
Entertaining if not altogether cogent follow-up to the J-Lo enhanced action-horror "Anaconda", that spawned a glut of 'big snake' movies for a decade thereafter. Reasonable cast of characters mostly play to type as they're hunted down with the makers inventing new and exciting ways for the cast to be turned into tube stuffing. Johnny Messner's hero is surprisingly capable of expressing fear, responsibility and uncertainty, in contrast to the usual one dimensional bravado. Much less can be said for Matthew Marsden's rendition of the evil expedition leader, whose desire to cash-in on the once-in-a-lifetime discovery, unveils a reckless, selfish determination that leads to sabotage, murder and shocking cruelty. KaDee Strickland emerges as the film's heroine, and despite her Southern drawl and youthful good looks belying her role as a pre-eminent scientist, her presence is a welcome contrast from Salli Richardson-Whitfield's over-blown corporate deal maker.
The scenery, like the first film, is lush and vivid, and the action sequences are well choreographed and executed. Whilst there's some weak attempts at humour and the occasional graphically depicted fatality, generally this is a conventional action-horror that plays by the rules, remaining tense and exciting throughout. Monkey enthusiasts might also get a chuckle out of Konga the resident cheeky chimp on the "Bloody Mary".
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