JUNGLE (2017 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Jungle—biographical film about a jungle adventure gone wrong—stars Daniel Radcliffe as Yossi Ghinsberg, a young Israeli adventurer in the Bolivian jungle. The film provides some back story of Yossi’s life and uses Daniel Radcliffe to tell its story. This is not a Harry Potter fantasy and it takes a while to get used to Radcliffe in this role. He seems to perform best in scenes where he is alone which leads to a conclusion that casting needs to balance the Radcliffe persona with a different supporting cast in order to tell the story at a higher level or to recast Radcliffe’s character with a lesser known actor to tell its story more effectively. It works as a B-grade entertainment piece.

Storyline

Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) travels into the Bolivian Amazon jungle in search of adventure.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Greg McLean for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Yossi Ghinsberg, Lawrence Greenberg, Jeff Harrison, Mark Lazarus, Berry Meyerowitz, Randy Simon, and Ying Ye
for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Karl (Thomas Kretschmann), Kevin (Alex Russell), Kina (Yasmin Kassim), Kevin (Alex Russell), Kina (Yasmin Kassim), Amie (Lily Sullivan), Uncle Nissim (John Bluthal), Marcus (Joel Jackson), Moni Ghinsberg (Jacek Koman), Casino Fantasy Girl (Natasha Pruchniewicz), Tico (Luis Jose Lopez), Stela (Angie Milliken), Bolivian (Paris Moletti), Black Jack (Joey Vieira), Don Jorge (Lucho Velasco), Smiling Restaurant Girl (Claire Jones), Nun (Ioulia Pakhomova), and Casino Fantasy Girl #2 (Kirra Gaskell).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It is worth watching even though this is not Daniel Radcliffe’s best work.

Ben Meyers

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