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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hiddleston ... James Conrad
Samuel L. Jackson ... Preston Packard
Brie Larson ... Mason Weaver
John C. Reilly ... Hank Marlow
John Goodman ... Bill Randa
Corey Hawkins ... Houston Brooks
John Ortiz ... Victor Nieves
Tian Jing ... San
Toby Kebbell ... Jack Chapman / Kong
Jason Mitchell ... Mills
Shea Whigham ... Cole
Thomas Mann ... Slivko
Eugene Cordero ... Reles
Marc Evan Jackson ... Landsat Steve
Will Brittain ... Young Marlow / Marlow's Son
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Storyline

A washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island". Upon arrival, the group discover that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention. Written by Jason Burns

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. | See all certifications »

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USA | China

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,025,472, 12 March 2017

Gross USA:

$168,052,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$566,652,812
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Various direct references to King Kong (1933) occur throughout the film, such as when Kong is seen fighting off helicopters like the original Kong battled planes in New York City, and Kong being briefly held back by chains is reminiscent of Kong being put on display for an audience. The lead female character comforting Kong is also a recurring theme throughout several Kong films. See more »

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Several times throughout the film it sounds as if Packard is referring to Major Chapman as "Captain," which is a lesser rank. However, this is due to Samuel L. Jackson's accent/inflection in which he frequently pronounces the name Chapman as "Chap-um". This can be heard by listening carefully to the dialogue. See more »

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[first lines]
Bill Randa: Mark my words. There'll never be a more screwed up time in Washington. But we can't let it stop us.
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a scene after the closing credits: Brooks and Lin meet Conrad and Weaver and show them records that indicate other monsters existing on Earth; the monsters seen are Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Godzilla. The scene ends with Godzilla's roar. This leads into Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). See more »


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A sufficient reboot of the King Kong franchise
9 March 2017 | by MrDHWongSee all my reviews

Kong: Skull Island is a monster film starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, and Brie Larson. Packed with all the giant monster movie clichés and fun action scenes one would hope to see, it serves as a sufficient reboot of the King Kong franchise.

In 1973, a group of explorers led by a band of soldiers journey to a mysterious uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, the group realise the island is swarming with giant monstrous animals and insect-like creatures who have called this place their home for millions of years. After becoming separated amidst the chaos, the groups eventually meet with the local natives who worship a skyscraper-sized ape named Kong who protects them from the giant monsters.

While the film doesn't offer much in terms of actual plot, the action and fight scenes more than make up for it. The special effects were great and the CGI for Kong and the other giant monsters were all very convincing. The characters were all essentially stock action roles but thanks to the believable performances from the lead actors, they're still fun to watch. I also enjoyed the fact that Kong has more screen time and a greater relevance on the film's story, unlike with how Godzilla was barely in the 2014 film. I look forward to seeing these two monsters duke it out in a future film.

I rate it 7/10


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