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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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Four travelers set off into the heart of the Amazon rain forest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into an utter nightmare. After a terrible accident, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the most treacherous backdrops on the planet: the Amazon Jungle. Stranded without a knife, map or survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage to survive. After losing all sense of direction, Yossi begins to give up hope, wondering if he will ever make it out of the jungle alive. Based on the real story of best-selling author Yossi Ghinsberg.


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  • 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.

    Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [Director Greg] McLean does largely succeed here in telling a story that's just as thrilling as its source material.

    Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Despite its many obvious flaws ... Yossi's story has enough weight on its own to render Jungle a moderately compelling survival flick.

    Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • ... feels more like a sequence of box-ticking perils than a genuine survival story, and the female characters (sexy traveller, sexy indigenous woman) are painfully two-dimensional.

    Oct 19, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jungle

  • May 28, 2019
    Well-done survival movie that's based on a true story and it fairly accurately told. That makes this a compelling watch.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2018
    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.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2017
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2017
    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.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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