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2001 - 89m.

The low-scale Military opening with some Russian soldiers being led by an American General to their death when they go to capture the giant snake of the title pretty much sums up the entire low-scale look and feel of the movie. It's totally pedestrian in direction, acting and plot with lower production values than the original and some really junky CGI effects.

Billy Zabka (who's probably the only half-decent thing here) plays, what I assume is, an American commando who is sent in to retrieve a giant man-eating python that was taken by some Russians when the plane carrying it crash landed. Along for the ride is transport company husband/wife team Dana Ashbrook and Simmone Jade MacKinnon and a group of gun-touting "soldiers" with everyone soon falling victim to the escaped snake in an underground installation.

Yeah, it's about as dull and by-the-book as the plot description reads and while I enjoyed the original Python, this one is just so bland that I even managed to get distracted reading a magazine I'd already read while watching it.

It's lower-budgeted than the first, the direction resorts to too many slo-mo moments ("hey, those guys must be bad-ass! After all, they're walking in slo-mo smoking cigarettes while a "theme music" plays in the background!") and the effects are nothing but lackluster with them being overly blurry at times. If you must see every sequel, then feel free - otherwise don't bother.

Made for the Sci-Fi channel. (Chris Hartley, 6/15/04)

Directed By: Lee McConnell.
Written By: Jeff Rank.

Starring: Billy Zabka, Dana Ashbrook, Alex Jolig, Simmone Jade MacKinnon.