Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Kong Island (1968)

Despite its title (or indeed the alternate title, King of Kong Island), this film has nothing to do with King Kong, and isn't set on an island.

It does feature a bad guy who uses mind controlled gorillas to do his bidding, though, and I think we can all agree that that's the best kind of bad guy.

So, leaving aside the blatant attempt to steal some shine off the classic 1933 movie, and the delightfully absurd plans of the villain, how's the film as a whole? Well, it direly lacks a likeable character. The protagonist is handsome and buff, but something of a jerk. Less of a jerk than most of the other characters, but still a jerk. It could also do with a bit more action, I think. There's a gun-toting opening and some fisticuffs and shooting at the end, but between these two bookends is an hour of not much happening, unless 'guys dressed in gorilla suits abducting women' is your idea of a excitement. And if it is, we don't need to know :)

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