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Welcome to the Jungle (2007)

Two young couples head into the New Guinea wilderness in an effort to find Michael Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller fortune who disappeared in 1961.

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Jonathan Hensleigh
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Sandi Gardiner ... Mandi
Veronica Sywak ... Bijou
Callard Harris ... Colby
Nick Richey ... Mikey
John Leonetti ... Helicopter Pilot
Timoci Veremo Timoci Veremo ... Raskol #1 / Highwayman #1
Joseph Sua Joseph Sua ... Raskol #2
Ralph Lulutee Ralph Lulutee ... Raskol #3 / Highwayman #2
Eparama Ketedromo Eparama Ketedromo ... Raskol #4 / Highwayman #3
Josefata Naqota Josefata Naqota ... Raskol #5 / Highwayman #4
Tuvili Tuvili ... Roadblock Toddler
Aseri Kolikata Aseri Kolikata ... Roadblock Toddler Guardian
Banaheheda Nadap Banaheheda Nadap ... Village Interpreter
Robert Atiyafa Robert Atiyafa ... Tribal Elder
Andre Tandjung Andre Tandjung ... Indonesian M.P. #1
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Two young couples head into the New Guinea wilderness in an effort to find Michael Rockefeller, the heir to the Rockefeller fortune who disappeared in 1961.

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All the scenes on the streets of Suva, Fiji were shot without permits. See more »

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Interesting premise but lost in translation
10 March 2011 | by shadowfeverSee all my reviews

The premise was interesting, a search for Michael Rockefeller who disappeared in the jungles of New Guinea in 1961. Tying a story, especially a horror story, to an actual historic event intrigues me. Like adding Ambrose Bierce to Dusk til Dawn (3) or Edgar Allan Poe to any number of films it adds an extra dimension to the whole spirit of suspension of disbelief; and then to add cannibals to the mix without taking them out of their natural element is like icing on the cake.

Then it falls apart. When is this "found camera" fad going to go away. It is a filming technique that worked once, 40 years ago in Cannibal Holocaust, but has fallen on hard times. After a while the shaky camera thing gets irritating. And when you add in the Blair Witch stylings; the whiny, bitchy filmmakers who are more interested in themselves than the thing they are documenting, then things go from bad to worse.

Too much of the dialogue and storyline seemed improvised. Rather than adding character depth or an interesting plot development, it only took 1 dimensional characters and made them even more uninteresting and unlikeable.

Some of the cinematography was good, though some was too dark (intentional perhaps but grating non the less), and there were some beautiful location shots. The impaled "girl on a stick" scene, lifted from Cannibal Holocaust, was impressive. Okay, that is pretty much the extent of it's finer points.

As to the aforementioned suspension of disbelieve, it requires an involvement in the story to work, and that wasn't present. These weren't professional documentary filmmakers with a "get the shot no matter what" mentality. They were spoiled 20 something or others who would have dropped the camera and run for their lives at the first sign of danger. The danger that came, by the way, in the last 30 minutes or so. Up until then it was all the kind of self indulgence that one would expect from from these two particular couples taking videos of their journey. In other words, trite nonsense that has nothing to do with either the documentation of the search nor true progression of the story.

They did keep it fairly realistic in that they didn't show what the cameras would not have shown. Bodies dragged out of view of the lens, killings happening out of sight, etc. Unfortunately that meant that most of the really good scenes occurred off camera. So, realistic yes, boring, double yes. In other words, show me the blood and gore. In low budget horror filmmaking when you are working without tension, acting, or reason, then you have to make up for it with some added gore and a little T & A. Consider that my gratuitous gratuity to the genre.

If you have to continue in the "found camera" vein then do it with a new twist. Maybe a filmmaker who finds the footage and then attempts to recreate it in his or her own film with perhaps horrifying repercussions. Then we can use a few bouncing camera shots and then move on to some decent filmmaking.

I love low budget horror. I even love bad low budget horror. But when I see a film that actually had potential, let down by poor execution by people who should know better, I feel nothing but regret.


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15 April 2009 (Finland) See more »

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A dzsungel árnyékában See more »

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