Movies From the Hat 7 – #53 – Emma Loves Movies’ Pick – Instinct (1999)


This is my 3998th Review

Thanks to Luke of Oracle of Film for this recommendation.

Here are his thoughts on the film.

“We have only one thing to give up. Our dominion. We don’t own the world. We’re not kings yet. Not gods. Can we give that up? Too precious, all that control? Too tempting, being a god?” – Ethan Powell

Number of Times Seen – Twice (DVD in 2000 and 22 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young and ambitious psychologist is tasked with trying to get through to a scientist who lived in the jungles of Africa with the inhabitants and is now accused of murdering three men.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and must admit didn’t recall much about besides the fact that it starred two powerhouse actors – Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Now I understand why I never recalled much about it.

This film is truly unmemorable and was quite disappointing to watch even with these two great actors being involved.

Hopkins seems to have performed this role on autopilot because he just doesn’t seem to have been given enough of a meaty character for him to try and tackle that would make things even more interesting.

The premise itself, seems like an interesting one at first glance, but they spend too much time going on tangents with subplots that they sometimes forget that in order to succeed here, they need to focus much more on having Hopkins and Gooding engage one another directly and that just doesn’t occur often enough here.

Bottom Line – Quite a disappointing film especially given the two powerhouse actors in the leads. Hopkins just cruises true this film seemingly on autopilot and it doesn’t feel as if he has enough meat in his character to make things more interesting.  The premise seems to be a good one but fails to grab our attention for the entire running time because it deviates to sub plots that seem somewhat unnecessary instead of focusing on the main connection between the two characters.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After takes with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Sir Anthony Hopkins would routinely say “Show me the money!” in reference to Cuba’s character in Jerry Maguire (1996). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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