Boa vs. Python
|Boa vs. Python|
|Directed by||David Flores|
|Produced by||Jeffery Beach
|Screenplay by||Chase Parker
Kirk B.R. Woller
|Music by||Jamie Christopherson|
|Edited by||Ayton Davis|
|Distributed by||Columbia TriStar|
|May 24, 2004|
Boa vs. Python is a 2004 Direct-to-video horror-thriller film. It was directed by David Flores, from a script by Chase Parker and Sam Wells, and was filmed in Sofia, Bulgaria. The film was a crossover between Boa (2001) and Python (2000).
The film opens with a pro-wrestling bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Two masked wrestlers, one named "Boa" the other "Python", are grappling. Enjoying this spectacle is multi-millionaire casino owner Broddick (Adam Kendrick) and his girlfriend Eve (Angel Boris). Their night out is interrupted by a phone call. We cut to see the man making the call, Ramon. He informs Broddick that his "package" has arrived and is being delivered. Broddick is delighted and promises lucrative compensation to Ramon for his work.
Ramon hangs up and we see he is part of a group that is transporting something large aboard an 18-wheeler. As they drive, something goes wrong; whatever it is that is sealed inside the back of the truck has woken up and has become enraged. The convoy stops. Ramon gets a tranquilizer gun and orders a panel to be opened. Unfortunately, a serpentine tail smashes through the panel and begins to wreak havoc. One of the men is startled and fires his gun, accidentally hitting the main control circuit on the back of the truck. The main door of the sealed container opens, and an abnormally large nightmarish reticulated python, about 80 feet in length, emerges and kills the group, but not before Ramon manages to detonate a bomb, destroying the convoy, but not the snake.
On board his black and gold Boeing 747, multi-millionaire Broddick reveals his plan to bring extreme big-game hunting to the city, as yet another pastime for the mega-wealthy, and the python is to be the quarry. While in a sexual tryst with his girlfriend Eve, Broddick sees a news report detailing the destruction of Ramon's convoy. Now realizing the python has escaped, Broddick decides to bring his big-game hunting associates to their prey. Meanwhile, the python makes its home in a water treatment facility and starts to hunt and kill people for food.
FBI Agent Sharpe (Kirk B.R. Woller) investigates the wrecked convoy and discovers a large snake scale on the wreckage. Quickly realizing what he is up against (Agent Sharpe is familiar with the events in the film Python), Sharpe is determined to prevent the python from killing more people. He enlists herpetologist Dr. Emmett (David Hewlett) and marine biologist Monica Bonds (Jaime Bergman) to come up with a plan to stop the python. They plan to merge Monica's dolphin-camera headgear and tracking system to Dr. Emmett's giant 70 foot, genetically enhanced Scarlet Boa named Betty. They hope Betty will seek out and kill the python.
The trio, now joined by a backup team of FBI agents and soldiers, transport Betty to the water treatment facility. She quickly enters and begins to track the python. Despite Monica's assurances, the tracking system proves faulty, providing only sporadic coverage. Betty also manages to kill several soldiers who advance too far into the facility. When the trio finally gets the tracking system back online, they are horrified to see Betty and the python mating.
At this time, Broddick and his surviving hunters (the python having killed one member already), enter the opposite end of the treatment facility and begin to track the reptile. They are surprised when they stumble upon a nest of eggs, guarded by Betty, whom they had not expected to see. Betty constricts Eve and squeezes the life out of her, killing her, causing Broddick to snap. Eventually, he makes his way out and, the rest of his team are killed by both Betty and the python, finally meets up with Dr. Emmett and Monica (Agent Sharpe having been killed already). After being punched by an enraged Emmett and being arrested by the FBI, he informs them of the nest of eggs, which Dr. Emmett claims "cannot be possible". The python decides to devour the eggs, enraging Betty, and the two snakes finally begin their epic battle.
Broddick is taken into custody. The tracking system starts to function again and Dr. Emmett finally sees Betty's nest. He decides to go back into the treatment facility to save the nest. Monica goes with him. Broddick however, has sneaked away and has commandeered an APC. Dr. Emmett and Monica, using the tracking system, track Betty to underneath a nightclub. Betty smashes through the floor, as does the giant Python. Broddick enters the club, wielding a flamethrower, and starts going insane. The two snakes grab him and, in a vicious and bloody tug-of-war, rip him in half, each devouring the other half. The two snakes continue their battle underneath the disco with Dr. Emmett and Monica hot on their trail.
The battling snakes end up fighting on subway tracks. Betty, losing badly, is saved by Dr. Emmett, who activates an electrical spike device he implanted into her head. The shock throws her off the subway tracks just as a speeding bullet train slams into the python and beheads the beast. Dr. Emmett and Monica celebrate the death of the python, but become concerned when it is revealed Betty has crawled away. The duo head back into the treatment facility to bring Betty and her remaining eggs home.
- David Hewlett as Dr. Emmett
- Jaime Bergman as Monica Bonds
- Kirk B.R. Woller as Agent Alan Sharpe
- Adam Kendrick as Broddick
- Angel Boris as Eve
- Marianne Stanicheva as Agent Koznetova
- Griff Furst as James
- Ivo Naidenov as Littlefield
- George R. Sheffey as Danner
- Atanas Srebrev as Foley
- Harry Anichkin as Tex
- Jeff Rank as Kent Humphries
- Asen Blatechki as Ramon
- Velizar Binev as Louis
- Jonas Talkington as Deputy
- Andres G. Rojas as Young Student
Boa vs. Python was panned by critics, who criticized the acting, special effects, and storyline. It has been called a rip-off of Alien vs. Predator, another film from 2004. It has also been called an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the more popular Python from 2000.
- Boa vs. Python (2005) Movie Review. BeyondHollywood.com (2004-09-12). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.