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"KING KONG"
(2005) (Naomi Watts, Jack Black) (PG-13)

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Tense Scenes
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Imitative
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Jump
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Music
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Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
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Smoking Tense Family
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Violence
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QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure: A 1930s film crew sets out to discover an uncharted island for their film, but must contend with the 25-foot tall ape that kidnaps their starlet and retreats into its prehistoric world.
PLOT:
It's the 1930s and the Great Depression has severely affected the Big Apple. That's particularly true for vaudeville performer Ann Darrow (NAOMI WATTS) whose theater has just closed, leaving her unemployed, penniless and hungry. Fortunately for her, movie producer Carl Denham (JACK BLACK) is just as hungry. It's not for food, however, but rather a starlet to replace his lead actress who's just walked out of his film that's falling apart all around him.

When the studio executives pull the plug on his work, Carl grabs the footage he's shot, his camera crew and gear, and races to board a freighter run by Captain Englehorn (THOMAS KRETSCHMANN). Having convinced Ann and B-movie star Bruce Baxter (KYLE CHANDLER) to join him, and having tricked playwright turned reluctant screenwriter Jack Driscoll (ADRIEN BRODY) into staying onboard so as to miss his chance to get off the ship, Jack and his assistant Preston (COLIN HANKS) start shooting the movie as the freighter heads for uncharted waters, in search of the legendary Skull Island.

When young ship worker Jimmy (JAMIE BELL) hears that, he informs his mentor Hayes (EVAN PARKE) and Lumpy the Cook (ANDY SERKIS) who in turn tell the Captain. That, coupled with news of a warrant for Jack's arrest leads to them abandoning their destination. It's too late, however, as they enter a fog bank and end up crashing into the island. There, an expedition heads out to investigate the island that seems filled with long-abandoned ruins, including an enormous wall that runs the length of the former civilization.

Yet, the island is anything but abandoned. After surviving a lethal run-in with the local natives, the crew returns to their ship, but a middle-of-the-night raid results in Ann being abducted by the natives, returned to the island, and offered up as a sacrifice to an unknown entity. When Carl, Jack and others try to rescue her, however, they soon realize the enormity of their task.

For the benefactor of the sacrifice is an enormous, 25-foot tall gorilla -- King Kong -- that rules its prehistoric land filled with dinosaurs of all sorts as well as bats and insects the size of humans. As the rescue team attempts to find and return Ann before the ship sets sail the next day, Carl does what he can to film and later capture the giant ape that's seemingly grown attached to Ann who eventually starts to feel the same way about him.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet that many will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • NAOMI WATTS plays the struggling vaudeville performer who accepts Carl's movie proposal since she has no alternatives. Terrorized by being the unwilling sacrificial object offered to Kong, she eventually comes to feel for the ape, particularly when he protects and rescues her from various dangers and perils.
  • JACK BLACK plays an opportunistic and gutsy showman who breaks the law while headed off for Skull Island where he decides to film Kong and the dinosaurs. He then gets the idea to capture and sell Kong to the masses. He drinks while stressed and holds or smokes a pipe a few times.
  • ADRIEN BRODY his writer, a playwright turned reluctant screenwriter who gets tricked onto staying onboard and finds himself falling for Ann who he then tries to rescue.
  • KYLE CHANDLER plays the self-absorbed, B-movie actor that Carl has hired to star in his film.
  • THOMAS KRETSCHMANN plays the freighter's captain who isn't crazy about Carl's wild ideas or the destination he has in mind. He smokes a few times and rescues some of the others.
  • JAMIE BELL plays a young man onboard the freighter who's looking for adventure and sees Hayes as his mentor.
  • EVAN PARKE plays a seasoned sailor who looks after Jimmy.
  • ANDY SERKIS plays both the ship's cook who smokes and battles the creatures on the planet, as well as Kong (the actor did the movements that served as the model for and were then translated into the special effects), the great ape who falls for Ann and battles the humans, dinosaurs and others creatures that try to harm her.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this action-adventure film that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of some slang terms for breasts, some mild expletives, and colorful and religious-based phrases. Period style photos of burlesque dancers and/or strippers are briefly seen, as is a poster featuring a buxom woman sporting cleavage. A real life woman does a little of the same, but it's never too explicit, some women (dressed as natives) are somewhat scantly clad, and a woman and man briefly but passionately kiss.

    Violence consists of people being killed in various fashions (speared, sliced and clubbed by natives, killed by Kong and dinosaurs, etc.) and huge creatures (dinosaurs, etc.) being killed by gunfire or the ape in gargantuan battles.

    Those scenes and other moments of peril (of which there are many, with some being very intense and most being several minutes long), along with various visuals (of monstrous and/or menacing beasts, skeletal remains, scary looking natives, etc.) may be quite intense, suspenseful or downright scary to some kids (especially younger ones or those easily prone to nightmares). Some of that violence has bloody results (to varying degrees), while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes. Meanwhile, some characters smoke and/or drink, with some of the latter occurring following stressful events.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's some jerky/blurry slow motion footage from time to time. In addition, as Kong races through the jungle, there are a lot of bouncy, spin around camera shots representing his or Ann's point of view.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see bottles of booze thrown down to the street where they shatter (presumably as part of Prohibition).
  • Carl tells his assistant to give him his drink, which the man states is non-alcoholic, but Carl pours out the contents and uses the glass to listen to a conversation through a wall.
  • Carl opens a case of scotch and asks Jack if he wants one, but the latter says no.
  • After an attack by natives, Carl drinks a lot when back on the ship.
  • Carl guzzles booze after a close encounter with various dinosaurs.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see what may be human waste poured from a large bucket into the water off a ship (seen from a distance).
  • Jack steps in animal urine and/or excrement on the floor inside the ship's cargo hold.
  • Jack nearly vomits when he's served some lamb brains as food on the ship.
  • A spear suddenly goes through one man, killing him (we see a little blood on the spear).
  • We see a little blood from a man's mouth after he's just been attacked, while Carl has a little blood on his head from the same.
  • Jack has blood on his hand that he had on his head (from where he was hit).
  • We see a dead body on the floor of the ship, with a pool of blood around him and some on him.
  • The cook uses his machine gun to blast huge insects swarming around them (we briefly see some related goo).
  • Preston has a slight, bloody cut on his head.
  • Ann walks up and suddenly realizes she's next to a huge, lizard-like dinosaur that's feeding on a dead dinosaur (we hear the related sounds, but don't see any blood or gore).
  • We see diminishing parts of a large dinosaur that a T-Rex has in its mouth (parts fall off as it chases Ann -- it finally swallows the remains).
  • A dead T-Rex has some blood in its mouth after Kong has broken its jaws and killed it.
  • Kong has various bloody wounds on his body from his battles with the dinosaurs.
  • We see some dried blood on Ann, Carl and Jack, while a man who's been hit by a rope has some blood on his face.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Various studio executives are upset with Carl over his film and are demeaning about him when he's not in the room.
  • Not wanting the studio executives to shut down his movie, Carl flees with the film he's already shot, the film gear, and his crew. He boards a freighter, tries to bribe the captain into leaving early and then tricks Jack to stay on the ship long enough so that he can't get off when it sets sail. In doing so, he's knowingly eluding the police.
  • Unemployed and broke, Ann tries to steal an apple from a market, but is caught (but Carl comes to her rescue).
  • We see that the ship's crew is apparently involved in wild game capture, a point they try to keep secret from Jack when he spots many huge bottles of chloroform.
  • Various natives kidnap Ann and offer her as a sacrifice to Kong.
  • We see that someone drew mustaches and beards on the images of Baxter on his movie posters.
  • Trying to make others' deaths not as troubling, Carl always gives the same spiel about them dying for their work, etc.
  • Baxter gives up on the rescue mission and says he's leaving, but later comes back to save the day.
  • Carl is only looking out for himself and ways to promote himself and/or make money. He also subjects Kong to public performances where an Ann look-alike is present in a theatrical show to drive Kong crazy.
  • Some viewers might be offended by black people dressed as stereotypical natives in Carl's theatrical show about Kong.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence," "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, suspenseful or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material.
  • The sight of Kong looking mad/furious/menacing, various dangerous looking and menacing dinosaurs, the natives (with sharp yellow teeth, small wood sticks stuck through their faces, some with milky eyes, others with their eyes rolled back in their heads), etc. may be unsettling, suspenseful or downright scary to younger kids.
  • The cook and Hayes talk of a castaway they picked up in the past who talked of Skull Island, the huge wall and the monster on it. They also say he killed himself.
  • The ship enters a dense fog bank and a crewmember keeps measuring and calling out that they're getting into progressively shallower water. Some then spot the high cliffs of Skull Island right in front of the ship that tries to turn, but slams into the rocky side, damaging the ship and sending people onboard her flying about. They then turn and try to sail away, but there are huge rocky formations everywhere that, coupled with huge waves, put the ship and those onboard it at risk. The ship eventually gets stuck -- at a listing angle -- on one such formation, with leaks springing down inside it and the crew racing to plug them and throw unnecessary items overboard to try to right the ship.
  • A rocky formation half-submerged in the water looks like a menacing ape's face (at night).
  • Carl, some of his crew and some from the ship take a small boat to the island where they find many human skulls lined up in the ruins, followed by the discovery of human skeletons still strung up to walls, the apparent victims of sacrifices (the audio tracks play echoey screams of those who were apparently sacrificed in the past).
  • The crew encounters a somewhat spooky looking native child, standing before them with its hand sticking out toward them. Carl tries to offer the child some chocolate, but then struggles with the child that suddenly goes wild (and looks even scarier) and bites him on the hand. We then see various adult natives, some scraggly looking, others scary as they come out from behind the rocks and walls.
  • A spear suddenly goes through one man, killing him (we see a little blood on the spear).
  • The natives then grab and struggle with everyone. Carl punches one, as does Jack, but a crewmember appears to have his throat slit (no blood), while another is held down with his head on a rock. A club is raised and then struck down on the head, killing that man (we don't see the impact, but see the rest of his body go limp upon the impact). Jack is then hit and loses consciousness, while Carl is then held down by the head like the other man and is about to be clubbed, but Captain Englehorn shoots the attacker and at least another native dead with his gun. Others open fire on the natives that then flee the scene.
  • We hear Kong's loud roar before ever seeing him.
  • Various natives "pole vault" from rock to rock and eventually onto the ship at night, desirous of abducting Ann.
  • We hear ghostly voices on the soundtrack.
  • The natives drag Ann along through the rain, eventually tying her up to two vertical poles. Those then lift her off a log-based platform (she's was being pulled toward the edge of it, high above a ravine), leaving her dangling by her arms that are tied to the poles (all as fire or lava pours down the side of the mountain). That structure eventually deposits her across the ravine to Kong's sacrificial altar and she screams in terror upon seeing the 25-foot tall, menacing ape as he roars, bares his fangs and picks her up before racing off with her.
  • Seeing the skeletal remains of those who preceded her, Ann stabs part of her large, ceremonial necklace into Kong's finger, causing him to drop her. She tries to run away, but he quickly grabs her again.
  • Finding a herd of brontosaurus type dinosaurs, Carl wants to film them and wants Baxter in the foreground of the shot. A reverse angle, however, show what look like velociraptors race by our camera. That eventually spooks the dinosaurs that then stampede toward the film crew. Baxter flees first, and Jack barely manages to save Carl from being squashed as they run through a narrow canyon with the huge dinosaurs catching up to and eventually overtaking them, with the humans trying to avoid being trampled. At the same time, the raptors are there as well, with one right above Baxter who tries to hide behind a ruin, while others are in the stampede. One jumps on a dinosaur's long neck and bites it, but is thrown off, while another tries to bite at a man as he races beneath the fleeing dinosaurs. Various raptors and humans are stepped on or smashed into the rocky walls during this stampede that continues along a cliff where one man is knocked off (presumably to his death) and Jimmy tries to outrun the dinosaurs that are right behind him on the cliff-side that's partially collapsing from the dinosaurs' weight. Baxter shoots and wounds or kills one raptor with his machine gun. All of the dinosaurs end up tumbling through another ravine, causing a massive pile-up of enormous bodies, with Carl and Jack barely avoiding being crushed during all of that tumbling. Jack then shoots and kills a raptor that was about to attack Carl. An older man tries to climb up a cliff while three raptors are below him (and Carl tries to pull him up to safety using a tripod), but one raptor grabs the man's leg and pulls him down (we don't see his death). Note: All of the above is a very intense, multi-minute sequence.
  • As Kong is looking the other way, Ann slowly tries to crawl away from him, but encounters some enormous spider legs that pop out from under a rock or cover toward her. Once out of sight, she tries to run away, but Kong suddenly slams his huge hand down near her several times.
  • Hayes and others cross a huge fallen tree that spans a ravine. He cautiously enters a cave, hears monstrous sounds and tells the others to flee. Kong then charges at him, and he gets off a few shots before Kong grabs him, holding him for a moment before flinging him across the ravine and into a cliff, killing him (his body falls a long distance, but we don't see the resultant impact). Kong then grabs that huge tree and begins to rock and yank it along, trying to dislodge the other humans on it who are now holding on for dear life. One falls into the ravine (no impact), followed by another (ditto), until Kong eventually dislodges the tree that falls down the ravine, getting tangled in some huge vines (we see various people hit the ground hard down below it).
  • Ann walks up and suddenly realizes she's next to a huge, lizard-like dinosaur that's feeding on a dead dinosaur. She slowly tries to back away and makes a sound that nearly gives away her presence. She then turns and encounters another such dinosaur that then chases her through the jungle, eventually blasting through a hollowed-out, horizontal tree trunk where Ann is trying to hide. It bites and lunges at her, but something then yanks it out of the log and kills it (we see part of its body go limp and the other related dinosaur runs away). Still in the tree trunk, Ann then sees an enormous (several feet long) centipede above her and it lowers itself toward her, with its legs moving and antenna reaching down toward her open mouth. Another huge insect then crawls up her back, prompting her to flee. Outside the log, she then sees that it's an enormous T-Rex holding that dead dinosaur in its mouth. She then flees, with the T-Rex chasing her (with the dead dinosaur still in its mouth, but parts of it fall away during the chase). As she runs along a small cliff, the T-Rex's head is right beside her and she then loses it around the other side of the cliff, thinking she's safe. However, another T-Rex's head is right there and it slowly rears up to try to get her, but she eventually sees it and tries to flee, but ends up dangling from the cliff. Kong then arrives to rescue her, swinging down to grab her and he kicks that T-Rex. As Kong then holds Ann in one hand, he battles those T-Rexes and then more, punching and bashing them, while one chomps down onto his arm. During this, he kills one by ripping its jaws apart and smashes another's head with a huge boulder. He throws more off the side of a cliff during these attacks where he drops Ann (or she falls), with him just managing to grab her with his back feet, etc. He seems to have won by throwing the last one off the cliff, but it grabs his foot or leg, causing all of them (including Ann) to fall into the ravine. We then see that all of them have become entangled in the huge vines, with one T-Rex spotting Ann and then trying to swing over toward her, biting at her with each pass. During this Kong bashes and fights with various T-Rexes also tangled in the vines, while Ann ends up dangling from one T-Rex's teeth just above another that's trying to bite her. She, Kong and one more T-Rex end up on the ground, with Kong battling the dinosaur, jumping on its back and eventually breaking its jaws, killing it.
  • We see several dead human bodies on the ground (from previous run-ins with Kong).
  • Various enormous insects (several feet long) creep along toward Jack, Carl, Jimmy and others, but retreat when Jack lights up a flare and tosses it their way. When the flare goes out, however, the insects return. As do large worm like creatures that pop up out of the mud, with huge mouths and sharp teeth coming toward the people. The cook slashes many of those worms with a machete, while others strike those and the insects with various items. One man is yanked away into a crevice (we don't know his fate), while one of those worm things grabs one man's arm and another grabs the top of his head which it then begins to swallow (in a disturbing scene), presumably killing him. Many insects then cover Jack, with Jimmy grabbing a Tommy Gun and blasting the insects that are on Jack, somehow managing to miss him. Many more insects and other "bugs" are seen approaching the survivors who are surrounded, but gunfire above them (from other crewmembers) blasts the insects and allows them to escape.
  • We see various large ape skulls and other skeletal remains.
  • We see various human-sized bats (with menacing looking faces) hanging above Jack as he slowly makes his way toward Kong to rescue Ann. When he gets there, both are asleep, but he tries to get Ann out of Kong's grasp, but the ape wakes up and repeatedly tries to bash Jack, stirring up those huge bats that then attack Kong and are all over his body (he bites into one and bashes others). Jack and Ann try to escape via a vine dangling off a cliff, but Kong starts pulling them up, all as those bats are all around and trying to attack them. They end up grabbing one such bat's foot and flying off, eventually falling into a river. Kong goes ape and races through the jungle, eventually catching up with them as they run through it. Carl won't let others lower the bridge to Jack and Ann until he says so, as Kong nears them. Another man then cuts the line (it whips away and smacks him in the face), dropping the bridge that Ann and Jack race across. Kong then jumps across the ravine and is after them among the natives' ruins.
  • The crew manages to catch and tie down Kong, but he goes crazy and breaks free, flinging men and smashing others as he tries to get to Ann who the others have put on a rowboat and are trying to remove from the area. A man shoots Kong, and he smashes two men against a rocky formation. He also grabs and bites one man, throwing the limp body away. Kong also overturns one of the rowboats, sending people into the water. Captain Englehorn then fires a harpoon into Kong's leg and prepares to shoot another, but Ann stops him. Carl then throws a large bottle of chloroform into Kong's face, eventually rendering him unconscious.
  • Chained to the stage as part of Carl's theatrical show about him, Kong becomes outraged when he sees a tied up woman isn't really Ann, but is just an imposter. With flashbulbs further angering him, he then manages to break free from his chains, causing the stage performers to panic, including that women who he grabs and then throws aside (we don't see the impact). Everyone in the audience panics as well, with Kong making his way into the seating and smashing the seats and people, while sweeping others aside (injured or dead) by his arm. He then spots Jack in the balcony and races toward him as Jack races up the stairs. Kong jumps on the balcony that partially collapses other his weight, but keeps after Jack who barely manages to get away from him up another balcony and then out the building.
  • Once outside, Kong creates various chain-reaction car wrecks, while also knocking aside and smashing other vehicles. He also picks up various women he thinks might be Ann, but tosses them aside when he realizes they're not her (we don't see the impact of where they land). He also grabs and throttles a city bus.
  • Kong chases after Jack who's driving a cab and trying to elude the ape as he causes a great deal of property damage to buildings and cars during the chase where he nearly gets the cab several times. He eventually does smash it, causing it to flip over and leaving Jack unconscious.
  • Biplane pilots and the gunners behind them repeatedly fire their machine guns at Kong atop the Empire State Building (where he's torn off the spire and is standing at the top). At the same time, Ann starts climbing a vertical ladder toward the top to get to Kong, while the planes shoot Kong even more. He manages to jump and grab one, breaking its wing and causing it to plummet down toward the city (we don't see the impact).
  • Machine gun fire causes the top of the ladder Ann is ascending to break free from the building and start leaning backwards. She's eventually dangling from that and then falls as the planes keep buzzing around Kong, but he manages to catch her and put her inside the building. He then grabs one biplane and sends it crashing into another in-flight, with both falling toward the city (but no impact is seen).
  • Kong is weakened by repeated gunfire into him atop the Empire State Building and begins slipping away. A final round of machine gun fire into his back is what finishes him off, sending him slipping away (we see his body falling in slow motion toward the city below, but don't see the actual impact -- although we later see his dead body on the street with the press standing atop it, taking photos).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Rifles/Machine guns/Machetes/Harpoon/Biplanes/Spear/Primitive club & blade: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others or various creatures. See "Violence" for details.
  • The crew fires their machine guns into the air to scare away the natives.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Oh jeez," ""What, are you an idiot?" "You cheap lowlife," "Little turd," "I'm real good at crapping the crappers" (or something close to that), "Defeat is always momentary," "Whatever the hell it is you do," "His head up his a..." (the "ass" part is not completed), "Do you know where the hell you're going?" "I don't give a damn about..." "What in God's name is that?" "What the hell kind of place is this?" "Broad," "I'm just an actor with a gun who's lost his motivation," "Don't be a fool," "Are you out of your mind?" "Get the hell out of here" and "Shut up."
  • Carl tells his assistant to give him his drink, which the man states is non-alcoholic, but Carl pours out the contents and uses the glass to listen to a conversation through a wall.
  • We see that someone drew mustaches and beards on the images of Baxter on his movie posters.
  • The cook has a tattoo on his neck.
  • We see a man in drag as part of a comical play.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • A spear suddenly goes through one man, killing him (we see a little blood on the spear).
  • Kong's hand suddenly slams the ground near Ann.
  • As Kong is looking the other way, Ann slowly tries to crawl away from him, but encounters some enormous spider legs that pop out from under a rock or cover toward her.
  • As Kong playfully slides on an icy pond in Central Park, the ice and water suddenly erupt from an explosion fired by the military at Kong.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful, ominous and heavily dramatic music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 4 slang terms for breasts ("boobies," "jugglies" and what sounded like "bazoombies"), 4 hells, 2 craps, 1 incomplete ass, 1 damn, 5 uses of "G-damn" 4 of "Christ," 2 each of "For God's sakes," "Jesus" and "Oh God" and 1 use each of "For Christ's sakes," "God," "Good Christ," "Holy Christ," "Jesus," "Jesus Christ," "Mother of God" and "Oh Christ."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • About the changes to Carl's jungle film, one studio executive asks if there will be "boobies." Carl repeats the phrase as a question, with the exec clarifying that by saying "jugglies" and "bazoombies" (or something like that), saying they're usually seen on tribal women.
  • Needing someone to fill his lead actress' wardrobe after she's left his film, Carl walks up to the outside of a burlesque or stripper venue where black and white posters of scantly clad women (of the style seen in the 1930s - so nothing explicit like today) are in the windows. He also sees some women (apparently employed there) enter, with one showing some cleavage, but once he sees Ann, he changes his mind about using them. Later, after offering her the job, he wonders if she's a size 4 which makes her get up and be nervous, but he says he's not what she thinks.
  • We see several provocative movie posters in Baxter's room (of films he starred in), including one called "Dame Tamers" and he's shown (in a drawing) holding a woman who's bent over backwards, thus showing some cleavage in her low-cut dress.
  • We briefly see Jack shirtless with a towel around his neck.
  • Jack and Ann passionately kiss while clothed and standing.
  • Ann occasionally shows a little cleavage in her dress, such as when Kong is carrying her and at other moments.
  • Women dressed as natives in Carl's stage show about Kong wear stereotypical native tops (like bikini tops).
  • We see the form of Ann's nipples (but don't see the actual thing) from under her dress.
  • SMOKING
  • The cook, captain and Carl (pipe, although twice it's unlit) each smoke several times, while Baxter smokes in character while shooting the movie and a bunch of minor and background characters smoke in many scenes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • It's implied that neither Ann nor Jimmy have any family.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The love or at least affection between Ann and Kong.
  • Great game hunters of the past.
  • People who only look out for themselves.
  • The Great Depression (we see soup lines, people taking food from trashcans, etc.).
  • Vaudeville.
  • Filmmaking.
  • The differences between when the first film was released and now, and how the world has changed (including that many people back then might have imagined such a place as Skull Island really existing).
  • Ann's comment that good things never last.
  • We see a man in drag as part of a comical play.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see cops struggling with two men.
  • Apparently as part of a vaudeville show, one woman in boxing gloves punches another.
  • The crew encounters a somewhat spooky looking native child, standing before them with its hand sticking out toward them. Carl tries to offer the child some chocolate, but then struggles with the child that suddenly goes wild (and looks even scarier) and bites him on the hand.
  • A spear suddenly goes through one man, killing him (we see a little blood on the spear).
  • The natives then grab and struggle with everyone. Carl punches one, as does Jack, but a crewmember appears to have his throat slit (no blood), while another is held down with his head on a rock. A club is raised and then struck down on the head, killing that man (we don't see the impact, but see the rest of his body go limp upon the impact). Jack is then hit and loses consciousness, while Carl is then held down by the head like the other man and is about to be clubbed, but Captain Englehorn shoots the attacker and at least another native dead with his gun. Others open fire on the natives that then flee the scene.
  • We see a dead body on the floor of the ship, with a pool of blood around him and some on him (from unseen violence).
  • Seeing the skeletal remains of those who preceded her, Ann stabs part of her large, ceremonial necklace into Kong's finger, causing him to drop her. She tries to run away, but he quickly grabs her again.
  • The cook uses his machine gun to blast huge insects swarming around them (we briefly see some related goo).
  • Finding a herd of brontosaurus type dinosaurs, Carl wants to film them and wants Baxter in the foreground of the shot. A reverse angle, however, show what look like velociraptors race by our camera. That eventually spooks the dinosaurs that then stampede toward the film crew. Baxter flees first, and Jack barely manages to save Carl from being squashed as they run through a narrow canyon with the huge dinosaurs catching up to and eventually overtaking them, with the humans trying to avoid being trampled. At the same time, the raptors are there as well, with one right above Baxter who tries to hide behind a ruin, while others are in the stampede. One jumps on a dinosaur's long neck and bites it, but is thrown off, while another tries to bite at a man as he races beneath the fleeing dinosaurs. Various raptors and humans are stepped on or smashed into the rocky walls during this stampede that continues along a cliff where one man is knocked off (presumably to his death) and Jimmy tries to outrun the dinosaurs that are right behind him on the cliff-side that's partially collapsing from the dinosaurs' weight. Baxter shoots and wounds or kills one raptor with his machine gun. All of the dinosaurs end up tumbling through another ravine, causing a massive pile-up of enormous bodies, with Carl and Jack barely avoiding being crushed during all of that tumbling. Jack then shoots and kills a raptor that was about to attack Carl. An older man tries to climb up a cliff while three raptors are below him (and Carl tries to pull him up to safety using a tripod), but one raptor grabs the man's leg and pulls him down (we don't see his death). Note: All of the above is a very intense, multi-minute sequence.
  • Kong's hand suddenly slams the ground near Ann.
  • After Ann does various vaudeville stunts to try to make Kong happy, she's run out of routines and that causes him to pick her up and flick her back with his finger (done several times for his enjoyment). He then gets angry and rips up and throws various items around her, acting very menacing, but she stands her ground and he eventually stops.
  • Hayes and others cross a huge fallen tree that spans a ravine. He cautiously enters a cave, hears monstrous sounds and tells the others to flee. Kong then charges at him, and he gets off a few shots before Kong grabs him, holding him for a moment before flinging him across the ravine and into a cliff, killing him (his body falls a long distance, but we don't see the resultant impact). Kong then grabs that huge tree and begins to rock and yank it along, trying to dislodge the other humans on it who are now holding on for dear life. One falls into the ravine (no impact), followed by another (ditto), until Kong eventually dislodges the tree that falls down the ravine, getting tangled in some huge vines (we see various people hit the ground hard down below it).
  • Ann walks up and suddenly realizes she's next to a huge, lizard-like dinosaur that's feeding on a dead dinosaur. She slowly tries to back away and makes a sound that nearly gives away her presence. She then turns and encounters another such dinosaur that then chases her through the jungle, eventually blasting through a hollowed-out, horizontal tree trunk where Ann is trying to hide. It bites and lunges at her, but something then yanks it out of the log and kills it (we see part of its body go limp and the other related dinosaur runs away). Outside the log, she then sees that it's an enormous T-Rex holding that dead dinosaur in its mouth. She then flees, with the T-Rex chasing her (with the dead dinosaur still in its mouth, but parts of it fall away during the chase). As she runs along a small cliff, the T-Rex's head is right beside her and she then loses it around the other side of the cliff, thinking she's safe. However, another T-Rex's head is right there and it slowly rears up to try to get her, but she eventually sees it and tries to flee, but ends up dangling from the cliff. Kong then arrives to rescue her, swinging down to grab her and he kicks that T-Rex. As Kong then holds Ann in one hand, he battles those T-Rexes and then more, punching and bashing them, while one chomps down onto his arm. During this, he kills one by ripping its jaws apart and smashes another's head with a huge boulder. He throws more off the side of a cliff during these attacks where he drops Ann (or she falls), with him just managing to grab her with his back feet, etc. He seems to have won by throwing the last one off the cliff, but it grabs his foot or leg, causing all of them (including Ann) to fall into the ravine. We then see that all of them have become entangled in the huge vines, with one T-Rex spotting Ann and then trying to swing over toward her, biting at her with each pass. During this Kong bashes and fights with various T-Rexes also tangled in the vines, while Ann ends up dangling from one T-Rex's teeth just above another that's trying to bite her. She, Kong and one more T-Rex end up on the ground, with Kong battling the dinosaur, jumping on its back and eventually breaking its jaws, killing it.
  • Various enormous insects (several feet long) creep along toward Jack, Carl, Jimmy and others, but retreat when Jack lights up a flare and tosses it their way. When the flare goes out, however, the insects return. As do large worm like creatures that pop up out of the mud, with huge mouths and sharp teeth coming toward the people. The cook slashes many of those worms with a machete, while others strike those and the insects with various items. One man is yanked away into a crevice (we don't know his fate), while one of those worm things grabs one man's arm and another grabs the top of his head which it then begins to swallow (in a disturbing scene), presumably killing him. Many insects then cover Jack, with Jimmy grabbing a Tommy Gun and blasting the insects that are on Jack, somehow managing to miss him. Many more insects and other "bugs" are seen approaching the survivors who are surrounded, but gunfire above them (from other crewmembers) blasts the insects and allows them to escape.
  • We see various human-sized bats (with menacing looking faces) hanging above Jack as he slowly makes his way toward Kong to rescue Ann. When he gets there, both are asleep, but he tries to get Ann out of Kong's grasp, but the ape wakes up and repeatedly tries to bash Jack, stirring up those huge bats that then attack Kong and are all over his body (he bites into one and bashes others). Jack and Ann try to escape via a vine dangling off a cliff, but Kong starts pulling them up, all as those bats are all around and trying to attack them.
  • A man cuts a rope line (it whips away and smacks him in the face).
  • The crew manages to catch and tie down Kong, but he goes crazy and breaks free, flinging men and smashing others as he tries to get to Ann who the others have put on a rowboat and are trying to remove from the area. A man shoots Kong, and he smashes two men against a rocky formation. He also grabs and bites one man, throwing the limp body away. Kong also overturns one of the rowboats, sending people into the water. Captain Englehorn then fires a harpoon into Kong's leg and prepares to shoot another, but Ann stops him. Carl then throws a large bottle of chloroform into Kong's face, eventually rendering him unconscious.
  • We hear that seventeen men were killed by Kong or the natives on Skull Island (from the above scenes).
  • Chained to the stage as part of Carl's theatrical show about him, Kong becomes outraged when he sees a tied up woman isn't really Ann, but is just an imposter. With flashbulbs further angering him, he then manages to break free from his chains, causing the stage performers to panic, including that women who he grabs and then throws aside (we don't see the impact). Everyone in the audience panics as well, with Kong making his way into the seating and smashing the seats and people, while sweeping others aside (injured or dead) by his arm. He then spots Jack in the balcony and races toward him as Jack races up the stairs. Kong jumps on the balcony that partially collapses other his weight, but keeps after Jack who barely manages to get away from him up another balcony and then out the building.
  • Once outside, Kong creates various chain-reaction car wrecks, while also knocking aside and smashing other vehicles. He also picks up various women he thinks might be Ann, but tosses them aside when he realizes they're not her (we don't see the impact of where they land). He also grabs and throttles a city bus.
  • Kong chases after Jack who's driving a cab and trying to elude the ape as he causes a great deal of property damage to buildings and cars during the chase where he nearly gets the cab several times. He eventually does smash it, causing it to flip over and leaving Jack unconscious.
  • As Kong playfully slides on an icy pond in Central Park, the ice and water suddenly erupt from an explosion fired by the military at Kong. As he races through the city, they fire machine guns and artillery at him, with the latter hitting a building by him and exploding.
  • Biplane pilots and the gunners behind them repeatedly fire their machine guns at Kong atop the Empire State Building (where he's torn off the spire and is standing at the top). At the same time, Ann starts climbing a vertical ladder toward the top to get to Kong, while the planes shoot Kong even more. He manages to jump and grab one, breaking its wing and causing it to plummet down toward the city (we don't see the impact).
  • Jack kicks a soldier backwards to prevent him from boarding the elevator Jack's in.
  • Machine gun fire causes the top of the ladder Ann is ascending to break free from the building and start leaning backwards. Kong then grabs one biplane and sends it crashing into another in-flight, with both falling toward the city (but no impact is seen).
  • Kong is weakened by repeated gunfire into him atop the Empire State Building and begins slipping away. A final round of machine gun fire into his back is what finishes him off, sending him slipping away (we see his body falling in slow motion toward the city below, but don't see the actual impact -- although we later see his dead body on the street with the press standing atop it, taking photos).



  • Reviewed December 12, 2005/ Posted December 14, 2005

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