Anaconda (1997) (part 3 of 5)

The next day, the barge comes upon Danny Trejo’s houseboat from the opening scene. In a variation of the Stuffed Toy Gratuitous Pathos Principle, there’s a close-up of Danny Trejo’s gun with some feathers around it [?] and then a shot of the mast where he killed himself. The music is suddenly all spooky, as its purpose here is to shout, “Remember this?”

Sarone gets Mateo to stop, saying there could be fuel on the boat. Now, as is already painfully obvious, everything Sarone has done up until now is part of his secret plan to get the barge to this part of the river. So, does this mean he was planning to knock almost all the fuel into the water so that they had to stop here? Seems like a little hole in his plan if the explosion hadn’t managed to do that.

Terri calls out to the houseboat and there’s no response. Sarone then tries in his own fairly insane way to get a response by shooting a rifle into the air. We get a shot of Westridge saying there’s probably no one on the boat, and it seems they’ve moved him onto sight gags now, since he’s got a sheet on his head and is fanning himself with his hat. Sarone and Mateo head out to the boat, and Danny decides on his own that he should film them. Once again, this is a sign that maybe Terri isn’t up to the “directing a documentary” thing. Apparently, Gary doesn’t think any sound is necessary, as he refuses to go along.

Anaconda (1997) (part 3 of 5)

“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers!”

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

Multi-Part Article: Anaconda (1997)

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