Critic Consensus: Daniel Radcliffe does right by Jungle's fact-based story with a clearly committed performance, even if the film around him doesn't always match his efforts.
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Critic Reviews for Jungle
By presenting the characters as psychological abstractions, McLean makes the story feel universal. He wants you to ask whether you'd be capable of surviving an experience like this.
More time could have been spent developing the bond between the men, but ultimately this is quite gripping: a weepie bromance. You don't see one of those every day.
[Director Greg] McLean does largely succeed here in telling a story that's just as thrilling as its source material.
Despite its many obvious flaws ... Yossi's story has enough weight on its own to render Jungle a moderately compelling survival flick.
Despite the considerable physicality of the movie, with its impressive cinematography and Radcliffe's believable, all-in disintegration, it's more earthbound slog than psychological deep-dive.
Despite Mr. Radcliffe's all-too-obvious dedication (his increasingly emaciated body, astonishingly, was not digitally enhanced), he can't rescue a screenplay (by Justin Monjo) that cares more about the condition of his flesh than the contents of his head.
Audience Reviews for Jungle
Jungle is certainly not my worst film of 2017, but I think it might just be the most disappointing. I'm a *massive* fan of Greg McLean, and the trailer had me proper on board with Jungle. Unfortunately, the end result was something capable of capturing my interest only once, and for no longer than a couple of minutes.
Radcliffe is up to the task of furthering himself from the long shadow of his Hogwarts past in this real life tale of a European Westerner looking for something more than the standard paths of his assigned life, only to find himself lost in the jungle in a bit of tragic parental karmic fate. Alas, the story does little though to delve into his psyche other than the adolescent urge to break free limiting our possible responses to the lead character's angst. Nonetheless, a decent survival tale howbeit with few unforeseen twists and turns.
As far as Survival films go it's pretty good, Based on a true story so don't expect over the top scenes and last gasp escapes from the wildlife, It's brilliantly acted by Daniel Radcliffe who puts in his best performance I've seen, It's beautifully shot and had some pretty gruesome scenes at times, It can be slow at times especially at the start but it's still a great film that works better thanks to the acting performance of Daniel Radcliffe.
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