Review Date: May 29, 1999
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Writer: Gerald DiPego
Producers: Barbara Doyle and Michael Taylor
Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Ethan Powell
Cuba Gooding Jr. as Dr. Theo Caulder
Were there enough twists in the plot? No, not at all. Pretty predictable. Were there any crazy monkey love-making scenes? Certainly not. But what this film does offer is a couple of great actors chewing down on some pretty tasty lines inside a plot which may resonate with some, in respect to its derogatory depiction of modern-day living, and society's over-emphasis on control, possessions, career and dominance. Now the lack of originality or action may have some of you returning to your ticket counter and demanding that they "Show you your money back!" (I'm sorry, but I just had to! :), but I quite enjoyed the performances in this film, and its oddly satisfying conclusion. Skip it if you're looking for an intense thriller or a sci-fi man-turns-into-a-gorilla vibe (ALTERED STATES fans beware!), but check it out if you like either of the two leads or movies with monkeys in 'em!