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The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
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Review Date: February 05, 2001
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writer: William Goldman
Producers: A. Kitman Ho, Gale Anne Hurd, Paul B. Radin
Actors:
Val Kilmer
Michael Douglas
Tom Wilkinson
Review:
Not as exciting as I thought it to be. In fact, I was quite bored during certain stretches of this movie, especially before Michael Douglas' character got on board (which only occured about 45 minutes into the movie).

The story was a semi-interesting one at best, and despite it being based on a true story, didn't really seem to go much further than your typical "monster on the loose" type movies.

Kilmer was okay as the lead, although his accent kept coming and going, and Douglas was...well, the same character he perfected in the ROMANCING THE STONE flicks.

Some of the suspense was decent, but more than not, the film basically just followed folks around, pistols cocked and ready to shoot.

I don't know...maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this slow-paced thriller, but all in all, it just didn't do much for me.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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6:13PM on 07/30/2006

Lionshare

Overall, I had fun. I liked the premise. Africa. Killer Lions. Mr. Remington. The movie is at its best when the dudes are on the hunt - I wanted more of that. Not a bad rental on a late night.
Overall, I had fun. I liked the premise. Africa. Killer Lions. Mr. Remington. The movie is at its best when the dudes are on the hunt - I wanted more of that. Not a bad rental on a late night.
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7:05AM on 04/21/2006
Terrific movie. Who cares if it's too fictionalized and not telling the entire true story - *it's a movie.* My one gripe: Michael Douglas gets the first credit so much of the time. He doesn't even appear until over half an hour into the film! But otherwise, it's a tight, crazy movie with great scenes and some terrific special effects, and Val Kilmer is terrific, as usual.
Terrific movie. Who cares if it's too fictionalized and not telling the entire true story - *it's a movie.* My one gripe: Michael Douglas gets the first credit so much of the time. He doesn't even appear until over half an hour into the film! But otherwise, it's a tight, crazy movie with great scenes and some terrific special effects, and Val Kilmer is terrific, as usual.
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