#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Nearly two years after having gone amiss in Africa, renowned anthropologist Dr. Ethan Powell (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is caught committing a crime and subsequently imprisoned in a Florida mental institution, where aspiring psychiatrist Dr. Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) takes over his important case. Dr. Powell, who has been with a group of gorillas during all that time, is not talking at all, and seems to be living in a dreamworld. Very slowly, Dr. Caulder manages to reach Ethan and starts finding out why he killed two of the poachers. Yet, Theo’s case is not just about why the murders have happened, but also about how Dr. Powell became the being he is in the first place. With Ethan’s silence broken, Theo is introduced into a world beyond common human comprehension: The true nature of being. He learns that mankind’s control of everything is a mere illusion and that the true values of existence can’t be found so easily. Ethan changes Theo’s view of things forever.
Plot: In a prison for the criminally insane, deranged anthropologist Ethan Powell is set to be examined by a bright young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder. Driven by ambition and a hunger for the truth, Caulder will eventually risk everything—even put his very life on the line—in a harrowing attempt to understand the bizarre actions of this madman.
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A very, very good film, with great script, acting, and emotional depth.
A friend and I saw a sneak preview of INSTINCT last night. The film stars Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr. and looked like a thriller about an anthropologist who went to Africa and wound up living with gorillas instead of just studying them. It was much more.
Hopkins’ character, Dr. Ethan Powell, is accused of the murders of several Africans. Having been held in a Rwandan prison for a year, he’s then extradited to the U.S. and put in a lovely prison in the insane department. Donald Sutherland (looking mighty fine!) is a noted professor of psychiatry at a nearby University, and Gooding is his pet resident, Dr. Theo Calder. When Sutherland’s department is asked by the feds to do a psych evaluation, Gooding as Calder researches the case and begs to be allowed to do the work. Calder has been shown at this point to be a brilliant, ambitious resident with a sterling career ahead, and so Sutherland gives him the chance.
What develops from there is a wonderfully written, exquisitely acted story, interweaving the sessions with Powell and Calder with the life of the prison and its insane inmates. Further woven into the fabric is the story of what happened to Powell in Africa. In the African scenes, Stan Winston’s work on the apes is incredibly realistic and never cartoonish. Danny Elfman’s score (I don’t always like Elfman, but did enjoy the Batman score) is also a beautiful accompaniment to these scenes, though a little heavy in other parts of the film.
It’s hard to explain the refreshingly intelligent and moving and thoughtful script of this film. Issues such as what is really civilized behavior, the pack as family mentality, and humanity vs. inhumanity are explored with depth but never with a heavy hand. The performances of Hopkins and Gooding are exceptional. Gooding did a great job with the other film I’d seen him in, JERRY MAGUIRE, but the depths of emotion and the layered aspects of his performance in INSTINCT are incredible.
My friend said after we’d left the theater last night that this came very close to being a Great Film. And she’s right. It had a great script and brilliant performances by all, fully realized characters (even the secondary ones), good plot. Where it falls a little, I think, is in the direction. Jon Turteltaub is a competent director who has done films I’ve enjoyed, such as WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING and PHENOMENON. But in this case, with everything it had going for it, Turteltaub didn’t hold the strings tight. The pacing is off in a few places, and a whiff of a subplot involving Gooding’s character in a romance with Maura Tierney as Hopkins’ daughter fails because you can feel it waffling. Should we leave this subplot in or pull it out? Since they couldn’t decide, it leans both ways from scene to scene. This speaks to me of weakness in the director.
But INSTINCT is a very, very good film. Highly recommended. And those of you who are prone to weep, bring your hankies.
How free are you really? Are you a liberator or a controller?
What is the main purpose of a movie? To entertain and amuse in one way or another, right? In other words, captivate your attention for the span of the movie’s runtime. Great movies do this and something else – they inspire you and make you think; maybe even enlighten. That’s the power of the art of film. My wife and I just watched 1999’s “Instinct” and it does this, which explains my high rating.
THE PLOT: Anthropologist Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins) goes missing in Africa for a couple of years; when he is found living with gorillas he kills a couple of rangers and injures others. After a year in prison in Africa, where he refuses to speak, he is extradited to a Florida prison and put in the mental ward. A young psychiatrist, Theo Caulder (Cuba Gooding Jr.), is assigned his case to see if he can get him to speak and learn what really happened in Africa. Meanwhile Powell’s daughter (Maura Tierney) anticipates reconciling with her father, IF Theo can get through to him.
There are some peripheral characters, but that’s the gist of the story. Some people criticize it as a mix of “Gorillas in the Mist” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which is only valid on a surface level. I’ve seen the latter film (a great film) and “Instinct” stands on its own; in fact, it’s quite unique, which is a sign of greatness. The movie stands or falls on Hopkins and Cuba Jr making the characters and their story come alive and seem real to the viewer. They succeeded for my wife and me. Within 20 minutes we found ourselves absorbed into the story and the characters.
Some people, like Roger Ebert, criticized that the film takes on too many topics or messages, but I never got this impression, nor did my wife. There are the main themes—the limitations of freedom in conventional society and the abuse of controllers (or “takers”)—and there are a few subthemes, like the flaws of our prisons and mental institutions. The film never confused us or gave the impression that it cut off more than it could chew. If you appreciate films like “Grand Canyon” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” you’ll probably value “instinct.”
Some criticized one aspect of the climax, but it happens. There are documented examples in the USA and all over the world. Also, keep in mind that Powell was imprisoned in the mental ward of the prison, not the maximum security area.
Is the story contrived to some degree? Of course it is; all movies are. Filmmakers have to tell a story and make their points within a limited time frame — usually around two hours — and so there are always contrived elements, coincidences, etc. The trick is to pull it off without seeming too phony or forced, which is sometimes hard to do and it takes good actors. Thankfully, “Instinct” does a respectable job on this front, perhaps mainly because it has a few great actors, although some viewers may roll their eyes at how the “ace of diamonds” subplot is wrapped up. Regardless, it’s in the area of ideas that “Instinct” towers above most movies.
BOTTOM LINE: “Instinct” is a psychological drama/thriller that entertains but also makes you think and ponder: How free are we really in society? Are you a giver or a taker? A blesser or an abuser? A liberator or a controller? How can you be freer? How can you escape the manipulations and shackles of others, of society, of “government”? How can you walk free of “the game”? And so much more, like the “doctor” learning from the patient and the humility it takes to learn from someone who’s “under” you.
The film runs 126 minutes and was shot in central Florida, Uganda and Jamaica.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 6 min (126 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Jon Turteltaub
Writer Gerald Di Pego, Daniel Quinn
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Eastman)