Race against time to reach extraction point


Thursday, 9th March 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:45 am
Kong: Skull Island. Pictured: Tom Hiddleston as James Conrad, Brie Larson as Mason Weaver. See PA Feature: PA Photo/Warner Brothers.

Bill Randa (John Goodman) spearheads a secretive government organisation called Monarch, which specialises “in the hunt for massive unidentified terrestrial organisms”. He leads an exploratory geological survey to a Pacific island, which is encircled by an electrical storm, and sequesters Preston Packard (Samuel L Jackson) from Da Nang airbase to fly the mission. Packard corrals his best pilots and loads aircraft with sonic bombs to map the island’s topography. Crash-landed on the island, the survivors encounter a crazed US airman called Hank Marlow (John C Reilly), who has been living wild for 28 years and 11 months since his aircraft was downed during the Second World War. “Kong is king around here,” confirms Marlow and he joins the race against time to reach the extraction point.


Unassuming housewife Priscilla (Pauline Collins) quietly marks the anniversary of her son’s death, but her embittered husband Frank (Ronald Pickup) ruins the melancholic moment by sneering, “You shouldn’t pick wild flowers – spoils it for everyone else.”

At the local supermarket, the couple argue over the price of biscuits and Priscilla temporarily escapes her misery to help another customer, Helen (Joan Collins), with her bags as she boards a coach. Unexpectedly, the doors close and Priscilla becomes an unwitting companion to Helen on a daytrip to the seaside for residents of the nearby retirement home. Priscilla learns that her waspish buddy is Helen Shelley, a famous Hollywood actress from the 1960s, who intends to gate-crash the funeral of her ex-lover, Jerry Standing, director of her breakout hit Morty & Me. Helen is penniless and implores Priscilla to join her on the glamour-soaked trip to Ile-de-Re off the west coast of France.