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Saw this movie last night World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film
Festival. First, let me tell you this festival is great, awesome films
and fun fun destination.
The movie chronicles the life of a under-spoken, nerdy kid who strives to be that which is the opposite - assertive, top of the pack leader. At work, he is constantly undermined by a college who takes credit for his work and is the all around a-hole that people love to hate.
On a team building trip, lead by the non other than Jean-Claude Van Damme (hilariously mocking himself and many other things) as the wilderness leader on this isolated island.
Adam Brody does a great job with the funny, quick hitting humor, playing off the over-the-top always funny nemesis played by Rob Huebel.
The thing is, going into this movie and letting yourself be entertained, its a huge success with funny side characters, plays on other movies and books that make you say aha yeah! It does not get to that stupidity point where you might think such a comedy could fall into, and it keeps things clever, while still entertaining greatly in a plot which has all the common points and you can predict where its going to go. Although you may see the underlying basics, you are nevertheless entertained and laughing in your seat. Well done, hope this movie has lots of success.
Welcome to the Jungle is a story that tries to entertain the viewer
with some hilarious comedy scenes; especially involving Jean-Claude Van
Damme. The interpersonal relationship between the various actors was
not interesting, and the simplicity of the shift from rational to
"primitive" was hardly aptly presented or explained. Overall the acting
was below par, without any attempt at building a serious character
(again with JCVD being the exception).
The plot is a group are sent on a retreat to learn team skills. After a few incidents, they are trapped on the island. The island splits into two factions and the main character learns how to stand up for himself.
The movie plays into typical alpha-male scenarios with little to nothing to offer, and the consistent rape jokes are tasteless, while providing little except to re-enforce the alpha-male stereotype with the subversive male having to defeat him in order to get his "prize".
The music and imagery in the movie are well done, and do set the mood for the various scenes, regardless of how the acting was.The simplicity of the plot wouldn't have garnered a watch in most cases, but there are a few scenes with JCVD that are hilarious. If you can watch them separately, skip this movie. Due to the few entertaining scenes and well produced audio/video, I would rate this a 4; otherwise I wouldn't bother even raising it over a 2.
There might be some people who like it, but it was not appealing to me.
I saw this and had never heard of it so checked IMDb. Based on the
reviews, I decided to watch it since I have often enjoyed such
"diamonds in the rough". Sadly someone must be paying people to write
reviews now or perhaps it is better when stoned or drunk. The movie I
saw was nothing like the reviews. There were no "hilarious" parts.
I normally like silly or stupid humor. This was neither. I like cerebral humor and this was not that either. I kept watching and thinking it was going to get better but it did not. I like most of the actors and actresses in this and they seemed to be doing their best, especially Van Damme, but when it is not funny, it is not funny. Several times I could see a joke being set up but then it never happened.
I gave it 3 stars out of respect for the cast who did try really hard but it was another movie that I wish I could unwatch and use that time instead to do something more fun. Which would be anything including watching paint dry. Spare yourself.
For $5 million dollars, whomever produced this movie should have just
bought lottery tickets. The chance of winning would be better than this
movie having a chance to be enjoyed.
I generally would have just turned it off, but being bored already, I figured what the heck. I WASTED VALUABLE TIME FROM MY LIFE.
It was so bad that I could tell you how the story ended and you would be better off if you spent the time with your family and maybe find something fun to do with them.
There is not one character who is worth saying nice things about. Dennis Haysbert has a couple of lines with minor humor attached, but only because they are so out of character for him.
That's the only reason I didn't give this 1 star.
I have to believe that once this movie gets around a little, the ratings will drop like the stock market in 2008. Please believe me. It's really not worth even trying to prove or disprove what I am writing here.
Even Jean Claude couldn't save it. Btw, he is in amazing shape for any age, but the fact that he is 53 is nuts! OK, that is the other reason I gave it 2 stars! I really wish someone would give me $5M so I could make a movie. I could find 20 people on the street who would have performed better than anyone in this film.
Find something else to watch, I beg you.
Just my thoughts!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Adam Brody plays a guy who has a very good idea for a design stolen by
one of his superiors.
President Palmer from 24 sends his team on a team building weekend hosted by Van Damme, Van Damme of all people.
After an incident with a tiger, Van Damme goes AWOL, so it's up to Brody to take charge (he was in the scouts), but his superior balks at the idea, and goes all Lord Of The Flies...
And that's what the film basically is, Lord Of The Flies on drugs.
And don't let the cover fool you, Van Damme is in the film at the beginning for about five minutes, then doesn't really pop up again until right near the end.
And he's the best thing about it, he's really good at comedy, and he sends his action persona up a treat.
The rest of the film is a gross out Lord of the flies, with bad jokes and poor performances from the supporting cast.
Brody is okay, but cannot save the script. Haysbert is in it for less than five minutes, and has the best joke about a sandwich.
It's for Van Damme completists only, and he is really good.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
What happened didn't they wanna produce your east block movies any more, or couldn't you come up with the money for a new movie? How the H do you write 10 lines about a movie that is so bad, you wanna claw your eyes out after the first 25 minutes. OK. I'll try The dialog is forced, and sounds like they read it of a cardboard poster outside of the camera view. I get the impression they try hard to pretend the camera is not there. There is no on screen chemistry between the actors. They seem like they hate being there, which makes me wonder if this is part of a community service or something. Just to be clear Van Damme got no comical talent, *****Warning spoilers ahead,**** At one point I was actually hoping Van Damme would get eaten for real by the tiger (which by the way is the best actor in this)Which incidentally was the most exciting scene in the entire 90 min, the movie lasted How on earth do people get money to something this bad?
This movie is obviously a modern take on "Lord of the Flies," by
William Golding. The Talking Stick, the Hunter coming back with meat,
fighters vs. thinkers, Conch...all the same elements. My opinion is
that Golding tells it better.
The point of "Lord of the Flies" was that we as humans revert to barbarism without society as a mitigating factor. I guess that "Jungle" is trying to say this. Perhaps they should have left Golding's work alone until it could be improved upon? Even "Civilization" appearing at the end of the story mimicked the ending of "Flies...." Try again, Meltzer.
I am a typical Van Damme fan, i like his action movies, and yes i do
recognize some of them are really crap(Desert Heat comes to mind...)
and it seem lately he has been doing hit or miss. But one thing stand
out, he seem to want to do something different in every movie, and for
that i respect him as an actor. I was all aware knowing that this movie
was not your typical Van Damme action flick, but rather a comedy. I do
happen to love juvenile, borderline moronic teen comedies.
So i tuned up to watch this, and well surprisingly Van Damme is actually funny... when he is on screen. Thats the thing... his screen time is more or less limited as a supporting actor, yet he is the only funny part about the movie. I will say it, yes i did enjoy his performance. The girl playing Lisa also look pretty genuine and fitting the role, Adam Brody ain't a bad casting either, but the movie itself is so retarded... I won't go into details as this is a spoiler free review, but so much part made me face palm myself so badly. And i usually like this kind of humour, huge fan of Ace Ventura and such, but the concept of the movie, the location, it seem it didn't permit much funny set up and as some pointed out the jokes never came up.
I would say this movie COULD had been funny if done better, the cast did what they could with the pretty lame script and i don't blame them. Oh and yeah... Van Damme kids are in this...again, but there role are unimportant and more or less cameos. They play random guy #2 and random girl #5.
So i may be a bit harsh with the 4/10 review, probably more harsh than i usually am, but despise the good efforts of the cast and Van Damme, i can't give more to such a bad script and a very low budget feeling.
I'm not going to get into any plot or detailed film descriptions in
this review (if you can call it that). All I'm am going to write is
what I did and did not enjoy about this film.
Firstly, the bad parts - the thing that really let's the film down is the writing - basically the majority of the actors just aren't given enough to play with. They all try really hard to get laughs, whether it be by forcing out swear words or resorting to penis and boob jokes that come across more than a little forced. The characters for the most part are likable enough but the comedic actors/actresses like Kristen Schaal are not used to their full comedic potential and it is disappointing to say the least.
TV actors Adam Brody and Megan boon are good on their roles and do their best at trying to keep the viewer from nodding off into a dull boredom coma.
So why give what really is just another average comedy film that would otherwise deserve only a 5 out of ten, a 7?
Well, the answer is obvious - Jean-Claude Van Damme! Not only does he save this film from being shelved completely - he manages to make it really enjoyable and worth watching and he really is hilarious!
I have always been a massive Van Damme fan ( or "Fan a Damme" as I like to put it) but that being said, I think comedy is really a route he should explore on a more regular basis. Every scene Van Damme appears in - he steals completely and the only laugh-out-loud scenes in the film are they ones with him in them! Clearly he is enjoying himself and it really shows on screen. Whether he is stealing the other actors lines or just making fun of himself - JCVD is the one and only reason you should watch this film and I give the extra 2 stars to this films rating due to his brilliant, comedic performance.
Hopefully this film is the comedic stepping-stone Van Damme uses to land a comedy role in a big-budget comedy film and to give him the big mainstream hit he really deserves :)
You are and always will be the man, Van Damme!!!
'WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE': Three Stars (Out of Five)
Jean-Claude Van Damme tries his hand at comedy with this workforce island retreat slapstick adventure film also starring Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Megan Boone, Kristen Schaal and Dennis Haysbert. Brody plays an insecure office worker who is always being bullied by his co-worker (played by Huebel) and dreaming of a better life. Van Damme plays an ex-marine wilderness guide who takes the office on a 'work team adventure'. It was directed by Rob Meltzer and written by first time film writer Jeff Kauffmann. I found the movie to be pretty poorly written and directed but I did admire the effort put in by all of the cast (especially Van Damme).
Brody plays Chris, a bullied office worker who is constantly fantasizing about impressing his boss, Mr. Crawford (Haysbert), and co-workers; especially an HR manager named Lisa (Boone). Huebel plays the man who's always taking advantage of Chris, named Phil, and recently stole a successful idea of his. Chris finally has the chance to stand up to Phil, and prove his worth to all of his co-workers, when the entire work team is stranded on an island during a retreat. Their instructor, an ex-marine named Storm Rothchild (Van Damme), is attacked by a tiger and decommissioned.
This is Van Damme's first venture into comedy and he does a great job; I'm becoming more and more impressed with him (as an actor, athlete and entertainer) as years go on. It's just a shame he didn't have a better script and director to work with. I'd still much rather watch a movie like this than something like 'THE GAME PLAN' (with The Rock) or 'THE PACIFIER' (with Vin Diesel) though. Brody and Huebel are always good in comedies like this and it's great to see Haysbert stretching and doing comedy as well (and he's funny in his few scenes). I just didn't like the story or most of the jokes very much (and thought it was pretty poorly directed). Grade A for acting and effort though.
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