Critics Consensus

Mired in campy visual effects and charmless characters, Congo is a suspenseless adventure that betrays little curiosity about the scientific concepts it purports to care about.



Total Count: 49


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When a diamond expedition in the Congo is lost, a scientist is sent in to find out what happened. Tagging along is an primatologist taking a trained gorilla back to the wild and a Romanian treasure hunter. Jungle adventure flick is fun but never realistic.

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Dylan Walsh
as Peter Elliot
Laura Linney
as Karen Ross
Ernie Hudson
as Monroe Kelly
Tim Curry
as Herkermer Homolka
Grant Heslov
as Richard
Joe Don Baker
as R.B. Travis
Carolyn Seymour
as Eleanor Romy
Romy Rosemont
as Assistant
James Karen
as College President
Bill Pugin
as William
James Paradise
as Transport Worker
Lawrence T. Wrentz
as Arliss Wender
Joel Weiss
as Travicom Employee
John Hawkes
as Bob Driscoll
Peter Jason
as Mr. Janus
John Cameron
as Gorilla
Jimmy Buffett
as 727 pilot
James R. Paradise
as Transport Worker No. 1
William John Murphy
as Transport Worker No. 2
Thom Barry
as Samahani
Ayo Ade Jugbe
as African Airport Guard
Kahara Muhoro
as Roadblock Soldier
Kevin Grevioux
as Hospital Officer/Roadblock Officer
M. Darnell Suttles
as Hospital Interrogator
Willie Amakye
as Lead Porter
as Porter
Jackson Gitonga
as Mizumu Tribesman
Andrew Kamuyu
as Mizumu Tribesman
Fidel Bateke
as Witch Doctor
Jay Caputo
as Gorilla
Philip Tan
as Gorilla
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Audience Reviews for Congo

  • Jul 10, 2014
    Michael Crichton's techno-thriller Congo leaps off of the page and onto the big screen in this fun adventure film. In order to get into the Congo and search for a lost expedition team, a telecom security agent joins a group that's releasing a gorilla into the wild. The film has a rather interesting cast that includes Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry, and Bruce Campbell. Also, the ape performers are pretty good; the ones who do Amy especially, as they make her feel like a real character. Additionally, the action scenes add a lot of energy and excitement to the film. Congo may be one of Crichton's lessor works, but it's still an entertaining ride.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2012
    Cheesy, bad acting, and dialogue is way too scripted. Stay away.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    "Congo" packs as much of the source material from Michael Crichton's novel as it can into a 90 minute film, with a memorable plot progression and perfect casting.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2012
    Dr. Karen Ross: Are you serving that ape a martini?  "Where You Are The Endangered Species" Congo is another movie that was made because of the success of Jurassic Park. When Jurassic Park was such a hug success, every Michael Crichton novel had to be turned into a movie to take advantage of the market. Needless to say, this is not another Jurassic Park, but it isn't a complete failure either. It's a bad movie, don't get me wrong, but it also isn't without its fun and in the end that's all movies like Congo are trying to be.  Eight people, all with different reasons for going, go to the Congo. The film plays itself off as a Jungle Adventure and really that's all it is. It turns into a human vs. ape story near the end. The best part of the movie for me was Amy the gorilla that can talk through technology that says what she signs. She also goes on the adventure with her trainer in order to go home to where she belongs. There's a bunch of different things the movie tries to be. Ape vs. Ape. Human vs. Human. Human vs. Ape. Ape vs. Nature. Human vs. Nature. In the end, all it is, is a moderately amusing Jungle Adventure. The special effects aren't great to look at, and the actors aren't first rate. I wouldn't say that there's a good performance in the movie, but nobody is noteworthy bad, either. I would have liked to have seen a better lead then Dylan Walsh, but he doesn't ruin the movie completely. I wouldn't suggest this, nor would I say don't watch it. It's a movie that is going to be enjoyed by some and hated by others. I was able to enjoy it to an extent, but it isn't a movie I would ever seek out to watch again. Still, I feel compelled to say that it has been blasted way more than it really deserved. I don't know if that is because it says "From the makers of Jurassic Park" and people expected a Gorilla fueled movie that was just as good or what, but it really isn't that bad of a film.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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