Jungle (2017)

Synopsis

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.

Review

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 .

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Director: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean, Yossi Ghinsberg (Book)

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Joel Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell

Rating: 15 (R-rated)

Language: English

Running: Time 1h 55m

Genres: Action, Adventures, Biography

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Review – The Equalizer 2 (2018)

Synopsis

Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Review

The Equalizer 2 carries from the previous film with Robert McCall helping the people bring justice to a crime they have been involved in.

I got invited to a secret screening of this film and was super excited to see Denzel kick some bad guys butts! Sadly by the end of the film the only butt that had felt like it was kicked was mine. I was massively let down by the film for a few reasons:

The Story Line!

The story line to this film (without giving any spoilers away) was sloppy and to be honest boring. Denzel played his part well by restoring peace and rescuing the troubled teenager, then setting them on the straight and narrow path to becoming someone better; as he did in the first film.

The first hour of the film was good, action packed, introduction of new characters in Roberts life, the the rest of the film happened which is where the story flops! It became too predictable and incredibly weak! It felt like (without giving the story away) they thought well we have run out of ideas and if we write down any old spiel, it will sell cause we have Denzel Washington in the film! Don’t get me wrong Denzel was great but not even the great D.W. could have save the film from becoming a predictable bore!

The Script!

Not much to say other than a film student could have wrote it! It wasn’t to the standards of the first film and I’m not normally one to compare prequel or sequels but I felt the first Equalizer was far more fun and flowed nicely. This one didn’t! It is one of those Sunday afternoon films you watch because you haven’t got much else todo.

Lastly…..the lack of Bill Pullman

Now I know he’s not the best of the best in the movie world at the moment but I felt Bill Pullman’s characters was a time filler! The short clips which Bill was in, did no justice to what his character was going through and it almost felt like someone cut a lot of his scenes. Without giving the game away, it would have been great to see Pullman’s character unfold and show the emotion he was going through. Sadly you don’t witness this. The little we saw of him was pointless; they should have kept a few scenes with him in and then not bothered with the rest. Bill played his part well but to me it felt like he was done over!

Overall I left the secret screening feeling disappointed and let down by this film. I would recommend you see The Equalizer 2 at the cinema if you get a cheap ticket or a buy one get one free ticket deal, as the action scenes do look great on the big screen but don’t do what I did and expect an amazing Denzel film as you will be miserably disappointed.

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Director: Antoine Fuqua

Writers: Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders
Rating: 15 (R)
Running Time: 121 minutes
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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