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
Kevin Gale, played by Alex Russell, is using a Silver Nikon F2 35 mm film SLR camera, most likely an F2A Photomic with DP-11 prism. Various F2 models were produced between Sept 1971 to Jan 1980. The F2A/DP11 were in production 1977-1980. See more »
After Kevin swims to safety and the raft is destroyed, Yossi is washed down the river. At one point, a slow motion sequence shows him suffering a head injury underwater as a reddish burst of blood spills in the water. In subsequent scenes, however, whatever the shooting angle, his scalp appears to be intact, without any visible wound or bleeding. See more »
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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When I first heard of this movie I thought it sounded like a good lazy-Sunday-afternoon-movie, but it sure as hell was surprising!
It follows the true story of 3 friends who get lost in the jungle with a suspicious guide and it's show throw the perspective of Yossi (Daniel Radcliffe). The cast is actually very good but the movie is extremely dependent on Radcliffe's performance. And it is outstanding. One of the things I really liked is that the "bad guy" is never introduced as the "bad guy", there are no sound warning or even shot's the make you look at him in a suspicious way. In fact, even knowing that he was wanted for the authorities, nothing bad happens because of him. Everything could have happened the same way if the guy was the humblest person in the world.
The directing is also very enjoyable. McLean mix a lot of hallucinations with what is real happening, but he can do it in a way that you don't lose anything in the story or you don't get confused. It's based on true events and it's as simple as the events were. But it's also as dark as you can imagine for someone who is lost in the jungle for 3 weeks. Shooting in this kind of decors is never a easy thing, but the scenes are very well-thought and it really makes you feel like you are there and that you don't belong there, just like the main character.
The soundtrack could have been better and the cinematography is very good, but mostly because of the beauty of the places themselves.
In short, it's still a very good lazy-Sunday-afternoon-movie, but one of the best I've seen in a long time.
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