Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, from a story by John Gatins. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and serves as the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly.
Set mainly in 1973, U.S. government agent Bill Randa to guide an expedition to map out an island known as “Skull Island”. He gets funding from a senator to piggy back onto a scientific expedition by Monarch and hires former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad, a skilled tracker and his assistants San Lin, a young biologist working for Monarch & Houston Brooks, a young geologist and graduate of Yale University, recruited for the expedition by Monarch for his groundbreaking theories on seismology. Randa also recruits the Sky Devils, a Vietnam War veteran helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard and prominently made up of his right-hand, Major Jack Chapman and Captain Earl Cole to escort them to the island. The group is soon joined by pacifist photojournalist Mason Weaver, who plans to expose it, believing it’s a secret military operation with dark purposes.
The soldiers begin dropping explosives developed by seismologist Houston Brooks to determine if the ground is hollow, despite Conrad’s objections. The noise alerts and angers a 100 foot monster gorilla, named – you guessed it – Kong. He destroys many of the choppers killing many of the members of the expedition. The survivors must make their way on a three day trek to the north of the island which is the rendezvous site for them to be picked up in case of an emergency and avoid being killed by giant spiders and lizards the size of a bus. The soldiers and ciRanda reveals his affiliation to the secret government organization Monarch to Packard and the expedition’s real purpose: to acquire proof of the existence of forgotten monsters, fearing that they may soon return to take back the world from humanity. Randa also explains that he himself once served on a U.S. Navy ship that was destroyed by one of those monsters.
Meanwhile, Conrad, Weaver, Brooks, biologist San Lin, soldier Reg Slivko and Landsat employee Victor Nieves, among others, encounter the local Iwi natives and meet Hank Marlow, the American pilot who crashed on the island all those years ago. Marlow reveals that Kong is the island’s guardian and is worshipped as a god by the natives for protecting them from Skullcrawlers, reptilian underground monsters who have slaughtered Kong’s ancestors, leaving him as the last of his kind. He also mentions that a Skullcrawler killed the Japanese pilot he landed on the island with and became friends with. Marlow reveals Kong only attacked the helicopters to prevent the bombs from awakening the “Big One”, thus protecting the locals from it.