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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.

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Greg McLean (as Greg Mclean)

Writers:

Yossi Ghinsberg (book), Justin Monjo (screenplay)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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A True Story. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Arclight Films | Kojo | See more »

Country:

Australia | Colombia | UK

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It would have been impossible for McLean to condense all of Ghinsberg's trials into one movie, which unfortunately left out:
  • When Ghinsberg woke up covered in leeches.
  • When Ghinsberg slipped down a slope and impaled his rectum on a broken stick.
  • When Ghinsberg woke up to find a swarm of termites eating patches of his skin where he'd urinated on himself.
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Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Yossi Ghinsberg: [narrating] I left Israel in 1980 after three years in the army. I was desperate to escape the well-worn path. High school, university, work, marriage, kids. Not me. I wanted to be different. To experience the extraordinary. And to enter the unknown, discover lost tribes, hidden treasures, the darkest heart of the jungle. Which is why, of course, I ended up in Bolivia, South America.
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Connections

References Swiss Army Man (2016) See more »

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Pretend
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Written by by Dan Belloc, Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman and Frank Levere.
Performed by Brenda Lee
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Go to the jungle they said. It'll be fun they said.
30 October 2017 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Man -vs- Nature.

This film is a smorgasbord of epic cinematography, beautiful location shoots, great directing and outstanding performance by Daniel Radcliffe.

However, I felt this is one of those films that had it been played at 1.5x speed, I would have enjoyed it more. The 1h 55min run-time felt really unnecessarily long. 1hr 15-25min would have been perfect had the pace picked up in certain areas it dragged.

Nevertheless, very enjoyable 'True Story' and a 8/10 from me.


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