King Kong Lives (1986)

DVD Cover (Twentieth Century Fox)
Genres / Traits: Action, Adventure, Creature Film, Kaiju, Primates
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John Guillermin John Guillermin
Peter Elliott Peter Elliott
George Antoni George Antoni
Brian Kerwin Brian Kerwin
Linda Hamilton Linda Hamilton
John Ashton John Ashton
Movie Connections:
King Kong
> King Kong (1933)
> The Son Of Kong (1933)
> King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
> King Kong Escapes (1967)
> King Kong (1976)
> King Kong Lives (1986)
> King Kong (2005)
> Kinky Kong (2006)
> Kong: Skull Island (2017)

3.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Crispy
Added: March 05, 2017
Ten years after King Kong was remade, Hollywood decided it was time it got a sequel. I don't understand it either, even less so after seeing the mess that was kicked out.

After being riddled with bullets and falling from the top of the Empire State Building, Kong has lain comatose in the care of the Atlanta Institute. They've spent millions constructing an artificial heart for him, but after a decade, his lead doctor, Amy Franklin, realizes he won't survive without a transfusion. Naturally, there's not exactly much hope of finding a donor, so the project is at a standstill. However, as luck would have it, a man named Hank Mitchell has discovered and captured another of Kong's species, a female. After agreeing to turn over the well-being of the ape to the Institute for a considerable sum of money, the operation is a success. However, after Kong begins to recover, the scent of the nearby female works him up into a fury. After escaping from his own prison, he breaks her from the warehouse where she's been imprisoned and together they escape into the wilderness. Now there are two massive beasts roaming free.

This movie doesn't make a damned bit of sense. Things just happen with no rhyme or reason. First of all, after all the damage Kong suffered, it's enough of a stretch just to say he survived, but to imply that after all that the only irreparable damage is to his heart is just retarded. Secondly, there was nothing special about the female ape. She literally just appears in an area that's relatively well populated before, yet we're supposed to believe that no one's seen her before? These are the kind of plot developments we get throughout the entire movie.

The acting quality is right at the same par. As Hank Mitchell and Dr. Amy Frank, Brian Kerwin and Linda Hamilton sleep walk through their roles. Bit of a shame for Hamilton. This was two years after her starring role in The Terminator. That movie could have easily jump started her career, but I'm sure this travesty dragged it right back down. To be fair though, the inanity of the script certainly didn't help matters. Like I said, the plot itself was a mishmash of brain-dead ideas and non-sequitors, and the lines surrounding their inevitable, heavy-handed romance were every bit as atrocious. They were the only two characters who mattered, although nobody else made much of an effort either. Not that I blame them.

What a colossal waste of time this was. I guess I should just be happy we didn't get another Son of Kong in 1996. 2/10.
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