A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.
As you probably guessed from the synopsis this is a survival film and who doesn’t like the sound of a good old survival movie, but sadly Jungle isn’t in my top ten survival films.
The film is directed by Greg McLean whom directed the gritty film Wolf Creek. Now I’m not a huge fan of Mcleans work but I do admire him for trying out different, non mainstream films such as this one.
Jungle is based on a true and terrifying story of Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli backpacker, and his deadly journey into the inhospitable Amazonian Jungle.
Visually this film was shot and portrayed beautifully, the further we went into the story, we soon start to realise the enchanting and dazzling colours soon start to go dark and sinister. When the dark tones start to appear, we experience the real jungle! For me that was it, I couldn’t find any other great thing to say about the film.
The acting was ok, Radcliffe was great at being the eager, up and going, wanting to see the world, happy-go-lucky Yossi Ghinsberg. I feel Daniel portrayed Yossi well but his accent was dodgy at times, he seemed to have slipped in and out of a proper english lad, then he switched back to a lost, scared, all alone Israeli backpacker.
So on one hand you have this beautifully shot film with superb views of the jungle and vibrant colours and good acting from The Harry Potter star but on the other hand I experienced a story that droned on for too long. The acting from the other stars was mediocre and I just found myself at times getting bored of the plot and found myself wishing for a 10 foot crocodile, panther or killer goldfish jump one of the characters and attempt to kill them just to make the film more entertaining!
Overall I thought the film was ok and I wouldn’t rush to watch Greg McLeans movie ‘Jungle’ again anytime soon .
Director: Greg McLean
Writer: Greg McLean, Yossi Ghinsberg (Book)
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Joel Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell
Rating: 15 (R-rated)
Running: Time 1h 55m
Genres: Action, Adventures, Biography
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