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Jungle (2017)

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A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Director:

Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)

Writers:

Yossi Ghinsberg (book), Justin Monjo (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Yossi Ghinsberg
Yasmin Kassim ... Kina
Luis Jose Lopez ... Tico
Lily Sullivan ... Amie
Jacek Koman ... Moni Ghinsberg
Angie Milliken ... Stela Ghinsberg
John Bluthal ... Uncle Nissim
Rodrigo Marulanda Rodrigo Marulanda ... Truck Driver
Elias Granado Elias Granado ... Boat Skipper
Miguel Angel Martinez Miguel Angel Martinez ... Boat Boy
Cayam Ghinsperg Cayam Ghinsperg ... Camper
Brandon Membreno Brandon Membreno ... Bolivian Little Man
Lucho Velasco Lucho Velasco ... Don Jorge
Obeida Benavidez Obeida Benavidez ... Don Jorge's Wife
Joey Vieira ... Black Jack
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In the pursuit of self-discovery and authentic experiences, the Israeli backpacker, Yossi Ghinsberg, meets a cryptic Austrian geologist in La Paz, Bolivia, and captivated by his engrossing stories of lost tribes, uncharted adventures and even gold, decides to follow him, circa 1981. Without delay and accompanied by the good friends, Kevin, an American photographer, and Marcus, a Swiss teacher, they join an expedition led by their seasoned trail-leader, deep into the emerald and impenetrable Amazonian rainforest. However, as the endless and inhospitable jungle separates the inexperienced team, before long, Yossi will find himself stranded in the depths of a nightmarish environment crawling with formidable and tireless adversaries. How can one escape this green maze? Written by Nick Riganas

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Nature Has Only One Law - Survival. See more »


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Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Arclight Films | Official Site | See more »

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Australia | Colombia | UK

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English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Daniel Radcliffe has played another character with the last name Ghinsberg before in Kill Your Darlings (2013), Allen Ginsberg. See more »

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Yossi spends about two weeks alone in the hot, humid jungle trying to survive and reach safety. Yet despite the fact that his journey gets more and more arduous, and that he is utterly exhausted at the end of each day, not once is he shown to be sweating. See more »

Quotes

Yossi Ghinsberg: I told my parents I'd be back in a year, but I don't think I'm ever going back.
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Carmen Suite No. 2
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Written by Georges Bizet
Arranged by Ernest Guiraud
Performed by Seiji Ozawa
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The wilderness shows us who we really are
28 March 2018 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

I have been familiar with and fascinated by Yossi Ghinsberg's dramatic survival story for many years and have even occasionally given classes about it at school. When I heard that there was a movie about this intriguing journey, it wasn't even a question whether I would purchase the film or not. The blandly titled Jungle fulfils my expectations on many levels.

If you haven't heard about Ghinsberg's true story yet, here is a very brief summary. The young Israelian adventurer traveled to South America after his mandatory military service and met an American photographer, Austrian geologist and Swiss teacher. The geologist convinced the three aquaintances to travel into the heart of the Bolivian jungle to discover unknown tribes and gold. Once they were deep inside the jungle, it became obvious that there was neither gold nor tribes to be discovered and that the geologist was actually a wanted criminal with shady objectives. When the Swiss teacher got injured, the group split up into two teams. The geologist and the teacher walked upstream towards the next village which was supposedly about three days away. The Israelian adventurer and the American photographer moved downstream with a raft but got separated in a canyon. Yossi Ghinsberg fought for survival as he tried to find his partner, travel downstream and make it to the next town while the American photographer got rescued by a tribe and tried to convince skeptic local authorities that Ghinsberg was still alive.

The movie is quite faithful to the true story even though a few anecdotes had to be cut and details had to be shortened. This was a good choice because the movie is quite fluid and neither too short nor too long. It takes about twenty minutes to introduce the four main characters and about another twenty minutes for them to start their journey. The last eighty minutes are dedicated to an intense and solitary survival story.

The locations are gorgeous yet terrifying as they show the thin line between beauty and horror. What looks like a peaceful river can turn into a deadly canyon within seconds. The seemingly solid ground becomes a treacherous bog. The scary animal becomes a tasty meal that helps you survive. Jungle is an intense experience for all your senses.

One element that needs to be pointed out is the superb acting. Daniel Radcliffe was obviously very dedicated to his role. He was guided by Yossi Ghinsberg himself and obviously very familiar with the source material as well. You can see a young and naive adventurer from a severe and traditional family who wants to break free but soon realizes that freedom can come with a price as he has to face impossible challenges that will exhaust him mentally and physically. Daniel Radcliffe's progressive transformation is absolutely stunning. When a human being finds itself in the middle of nature, there aren't many human features that remain. Survival knows no rules.

When the movie came to its conclusion, I was shivering all over my body. This is how bleak, dramatic and intense this film was. You could put me on an isolated arctic island for a year but not in such a jungle for even just a week.

If you like adventurous survival stories, you can't get around this movie. Jungle is an intense journey to the essence of humanity and nature. The wilderness shows us who we really are.


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