There was probably a lot of thought put behind this film. It was
obviously put together with care.
The only question is, why?
Director Jon Turteltaub
– with this film and his previous hit
Phenomenon – seems to be trying to
be the John Bradshaw of film passing off obvious new-agey viewpoints
as if they were original and oh-so-profound.
This film stars Anthony Hopkins
as a professor who, after living with baboons for almost two years,
becomes primal himself. The problem is, Hopkins character is
essentially just a defanged version of his Oscar-winning role of
Hannibal Lecter an animal of a man who is essentially not a threat.
As a brilliant psychiatrist who is trying to get through to Hopkins,
Cuba Gooding, Jr. is lost. He tries to pull off his usual yelling
Pepsi-One "Show me the therapy" shtick, but it doesnt work here.
Eventually, the film becomes a twisted merge of Silence of the Lambs
and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.
The points this
movie makes are so obvious i.e. captivity is bad, freedom is good,
anyone or anything that lives in a cage will eventually lose its spirit
that Instinct cant even work as just being
thought-provoking. Its more like a two-hour lecture on the evils of
Jay S. Jacobs
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February 19, 2021.