When you see that Anthony Hopkins is in some movie then you know that that movie is going to be good (did someone say Slipstream). InstinctAnd when you see that the supporting cast that consist of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland, you are already ready for Instinct. Ethan Powell traveled to Africa to study gorillas, and in that period he got way to close to them. Shedding all of the humanities bonds and ties, he lived a different life. Theo Caulder is young psychiatrist that meets with Ethan in prison and tries to shed some light on events that led him to imprisonment. This is above all a character study, so it’s no wonder that pacing is a bit wobbly, especially at the beginning, so just give it time.

Very intelligent and interesting movie that will get you thinking about your own life, Instinct is delightfully subversive. Blurring lines between humans and gorillas, it asked too much questions for the gen pop, so it was a box office bomb. Although I could not imagine how they manage to spend 80 million dollars while making this movie. Prison is filled with colorful and likable characters, that really enriched the movie. At this point, we should discuss obvious influences: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Gorillas in the Mist, but I think that Instinct managed to fuse together these two concepts relatively well. Powered by strong performances and engaging atmosphere, it is a bit formulaic, but any movie that questions consumerism, current power relations and the way we live is something definitely worth watching.

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, George Dzundza, John Ashton

Fun Facts: Sean Connery was originally offered the role of Ethan Powell.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128278/

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