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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.
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
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.
Greg McLean may have created the most terrifying Australian threat within Australian Cinema with the 'Wolf Creek' franchise. Here, he adapts one of the most brutally painstaking but incredible true stories of a young Israeli man; Yossi Ghinsberg who got lost and survived the Jungles of Bolivia in the early Eighties. The film maintains it's fascination with the story alongside it's charismatic performers, with Daniel Radcliffe once again proving he's an actor of strong diverse caliber in the main role. Whilst the supporting roles were great too, It's McLean's skill to really make the harsh unforgiving environment stand out, once Yossi is separated from his company, the film delves into a 'Man-vs-Nature' against all odds with hardly any previous experience to back it up, even with some brutal toughness pushed against he's character there's plenty of suspense as audiences can't help but be invested in this once ordinary man. That isn't to say the film has any flaws though, while the editing is quick and skillful the film's tonal can be very inconsistent, especially within the subconsciousness snapping between serious flashbacks and silly fantasies we like to have to escape our horrors. Though even, with a film that's deeply flawed, you can't dismiss it due to being beautifully shot, written and powerfully acted. In the end, 'Jungle' is a cautionary tale, that should be taken lightly, just be warned about what you're getting into before seeing it.
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