Saturday 27 April 2024

Movie Review: Appointment In Honduras (1953)

Genre: Jungle Adventure  
Director: Jacques Tourneur  
Starring: Glenn Ford, Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott, Jack Elam, Stuart Whitman  
Running Time: 77 minutes  

Synopsis: American adventurer Jim Corbett (Glenn Ford) is on a mission to deliver a large sum of money to the rebel forces of deposed Honduran president Prieto. Needing to traverse the jungle to arrive at a rendevouz point, Corbett recruits four convicts led by Reyes (Rodolfo Acosta), and takes hostage bickering wealthy couple Harry and Sylvia Sheppard (Zachary Scott and Ann Sheridan). For Corbett's mission to succeed, the group has to survive wild animals, army patrols, and many double-cross attempts.

What Works Well: The colour cinematography conveys the milieu's sweatiness, and at a duration of 77 minutes, the adventure does not linger.

What Does Not Work As Well: This is a laboriously fake trudge through the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, with awkward-to-bad special effects, plastic and uniformly unlikeable characters, a disinterested cast delivering stiff acting, rudimentary dialogue, and clumsily executed action scenes. At least the zoologists in the audience can debate which of the jungle creatures are actually native to Central America.

Conclusion: Painfully paddles in place.

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