Anaconda is a surprisingly progressive film




Why am I writing about Anaconda almost 20 years after its release? In hindsight this movie was incredibly progressive, especially for a 1990s film. In the wake of disasters like Suicide Squad and Matt Damon’s The Great Wall it wall is refreshing to see people of color portrayed well.

Ice Cube and Jennifer Lopez receive top billing. We learn early on in the film that they are friends from college and they both graduated. Of course we all know that is a common trope that people of color never last until the end of a horror film. Which as well all know would never happen. Due to system racism people of color have a heightened sense of danger, as every day normal situations are more dangerous for us. Both Ice Cube and Jennifer Lopez are the only survivors in the film and they aren’t love interests. Hollywood needs more Anacondas.

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