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ALLIGATOR
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Reviewed by: Matt Withers

Directed by: Lewis Teague

Starring:
Robert Forester
Robin Riker
Michael Gazzo

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A baby alligator gets flushed down into the sewers, chows down on some genetically juiced lab animal corpses, and grows really big! Then it's time to eat the city while Robert Forester kicks ass and sweet talks a hot herpetologist.
Is it good movie?
Alligator is basically Jaws In The City, but with way above average dialogue for a monster movie thanks to John Sayles excellent screenplay. It also gives us a charismatic lead to root for, and plenty of upper crust jackasses for the 'gator to rip apart in audience pleasing fashion.

Director Lewis Teague tries to work with a lot of big issues, such as the disparity between the rich and the poor, the relative merits of animal testing, and the immorality of politics and big corporations. None of these "insights" really make a strong impression, but that's OK because we're watching this for the big f*cking alligator, not social commentary.

So does the BFA work? Mostly, but the problem is we've seen the concept done many times before, so the actual tension level is near zero. Add to that a stupid "Great White Hunter" sub-plot and a distracting romantic liaison that does not result in any gratuitous nudity and you've got yourself one fun, cheesy, but far from classic ride.

Video / Audio
Video: 16x9 Widescreen, Remastered Picture - It looks like a dated 80's movie.

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio/Dolby Monaural Audio

The Extras
Interview with John Sayles (Screenwriter): Not a bad way to spend 15 minutes.

Audio Commentary with Director Lewis Teague and Actor Robert Forester: Done in an awkward interview format that comes across as a bit self-aggrandizing and not particularly informative I'm afraid.

Original Theatrical Trailer

Other Trailers: Komodo Vs. Cobra, Man-Thing, Attack Of The Sabretooth

Last Call
Watching big monsters plow through cities is almost always going to be fun, and I have to say that the titular beast holds up well for being so visible throughout. You're certainly not going to recruit any new genre fans with a flick like this, but for those who already believe, it's a fun time trek that goes best with low expectations and high BAC.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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