Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

  • Review Date: December 22, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

How on earth did this sequel ever get made?
  • Review Date: December 22, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In the beginning, almost every character is obsessed with money and the idea of becoming a billionaire.

Violence

Many extremely tense scenes. There's a scene of a dead snake that has been sliced open in the mid-section of its body. In this open section is a human corpse hanging out, covered with blood, flies, and the like.

Sex

A couple of shots of a male's bare chest, a reference to a boat as "ugly, but she puts out" and references to having a one night stand.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A bar scene in which a couple of characters drink and smoke.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with nightmare material for kids -- the snakes are huge and terrifying. There are many close-ups of the snakes' mouths right before they swallow someone whole. In many of the action scenes, the anaconda regurgitates a body, leaving it hanging in trees, covered in what looks like saliva and blood.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID, horticulturists Gordon (Morris Chestnut) and Jack (Matthew Marsden) identify a rare orchid that only blossoms every seven years and is rumored to hold the secret to eternal life. Gordon and Jack receive funding for an expedition from a corporation that Gail (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), an uptight, know-it-all, represents. With a research team and guide, Gordon and Gail set out into the jungle to retrieve samples of this magical orchid. The team finds itself stranded in the jungle in the midst of hungry and threatened anacondas. In addition to their troubles, Jack becomes so obsessed with becoming a millionaire that greed overpowers him. Thus, the remainder of the team must combat both Jack and the anacondas. In a struggle to make it out of the jungle alive, the team discovers that the same flower that may give humans extended life, subsequently, extended the anacondas' life, giving them the ability to become "super" anacondas.

Is it any good?

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This sequel is nothing more than another B-movie with some suspense, a few entertaining lines, and a ridiculous plot. Yet while the characters and plot are both typical and predictable, the movie's suspense holds you to your seat. The snakes' surprise appearances are cool, but are guaranteed to frighten a younger child. An example of such is when one of the team members began celebrating after crawling out of a small tunnel without being devoured by an anaconda, only to be suddenly attacked by another anaconda.

Along with its suspense, the audience definitely seemed to appreciate its girl-power message. The theaters roared with great commotion and applause as one of the female characters stood up to her boss (Jack), telling him that he was out-numbered and that the hunt for the orchid was over. The same character also took the lead later in the film. Overall, the film is a flop. Save your money for a real thriller.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the greed the characters initially feel, as well as the team's search for a fountain of youth. Would you want to live forever? Why or why not? The snakes in the film are computer generated. Are real anacondas actually that big?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 27, 2004
DVD release date:December 21, 2004
Cast:Eugene Byrd, Johnny Messner, Matthew Marsden
Director:Dwight H. Little
Studio:Screen Gems
Genre:Thriller
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, scary images and some language

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Adult Written bydudeman123 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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kewlness

once again csm is over rating things massively the only thing in this movie disturbing is there is a f-word in it this was overall a good movie even though it didn't really have much of a story i liked it but a little to scary for anyone under 11
Kid, 10 years old October 21, 2014
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15
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nope

nope. snakes are my favorite animals and I cried when I saw the dead snake in the opening scene.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old June 28, 2014
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12
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Good Indiana Jones-like Creature Feature

Honestly, the snake attack scenes aren't that bad. I don't know why everyone's ranting about dead bodies and blood and carnage, but it's not like that. There's just some dead bodies, adventure violence, and some blood. Typical PG-13. Just to scary for little kids (big snakes- duh).
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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