Hydra (2009) starring George Stults, Dawn Olivieri, Michael Shamus Wiles, Alex McArthur directed by Andrew Prendergast Movie Review

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Hydra (2009)

Hydra - Very Plain

Wealthy businessman Vincent Camden (Alex McArthur) has invited 4 millionaires all who have suffered a personal tragedy to accompany him to a remote island in the middle of the ocean. There they will be able to get revenge for the personal tragedies by hunting down 4 criminals who have been held captive in the hold of the ship they are travelling on. It is these 4 people who discover that the island already has an inhabitant, Dr. Valerie Cammon (Polly Shannon), who is the remaining survivor from a research trip to the island who tells the others that the island is home to a Hydra, a multi headed snake and their best hope of survival is to work together to not only deal with this beast but also the men hunting them down.

Some times a movie is so simple that just a synopsis will do and in my book "Hydra" is one such movie as it is as simple as wealthy men hunting 3 guys and a girl who made mistakes on an island with a badly rendered mythological monster. That is it and whilst I enjoy the occasional simple movie this one is so dumbed down that it is painful right from the word go. Not only that the whole idea of wealthy men paying to hunt down bad guys has been explored many times before and this one adds nothing to the mix in the shape of story progression and characters to make it entertaining.

In fact "Hydra" is more of a late night bad sci-fi movie with not only corny dialogue delivered by even cornier characters but bad special effects to boot. Now I tend to like these late night Sci-fi movies with tacky effects but combined with the poor storyline and everything else "Hydra" is hard work from beginning to end. Even the simple storyline fails to really work but so does some weak attempts to create mystery and intrigue over some of the characters having ulterior motives and more combat skills than the average guy.

What this all boils down to is that "Hydra" simply doesn't work for me and whilst 94 minutes isn't long for a movie this feels so much longer because it struggles to engage with the audience from start to finish.