Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project’s foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions.
Something You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
Stan Winston, one of the best special-effects men in the business, lent his talents to this film while Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas are more than adequate in the starring roles and the African with the freckles (sorry, I don’t have his name) is really a likable fellow.
Except for the first one, the lion attack scenes are not gruesome and the filmmakers did a nice job having just the right amount of action and lulls. Neither is overdone. This film has never been given much due but I’ve never shown it to anyone who didn’t thoroughly enjoy it.
This movie scared me so much I stopped hunting lions. It’s just not fun anymore.
In closing, I’ll say that this movie is perfectly directed, superbly scored, and beautifully filmed, and to the adventurous and open-minded viewer, a movie with lasting satisfying and chilling effects.