Combustible Celluloid
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With: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Maura Tierney, George Dzundza, John Ashton
Written by: Gerald DiPego, suggested by a novel by Daniel Quinn
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
MPAA Rating: R for some intense violent behavior
Running Time: 126
Date: 06/04/1999

Instinct (1999)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Filler 'Instinct'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Anthony Hopkins plays a reclusive primatologist who lived with gorillas and killed a man. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a hotshot psychiatrist who tries to get through to him. These two actors give rich, nuanced performances and it's a joy to see them play off each other. (Hopkins occasionally throws in a taste of Hannibal Lecter.) But after 90 minutes director Jon Turtletaub (Phenomenon) allows all kinds of schlock in: the music swells as the other mental patients begin to assert themselves, and everybody cries as the music continues to swell. The movie never recovers. Donald Sutherland and the wonderful Maura Tierney (Forces of Nature) also star.

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