my Movie

Movie Details

Title:   Jungle
Director:   Greg McLean
Year:   2017
Genre:   Survival
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   07.18.20

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Wolf Creek

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
07.18.20Internet I saw this because of one of those YouTube videos where they enlist "experts" to evaluate scenes in movie. The video in question has Survivorman Les Stroud talking about two scenes in this movie and i thought it had been too long since I've seen a good quicksand scene. As a child of the 80s I cannot overestimate how much of an issue quicksand was. I feel like some comedian even does a bit about this. I don't know if it was G.I. Joe or the influx of Viet Nam movies or Rambo or what, but quicksand was on our mind. A lot. Just like calculus, all the hassle was for nothing, but apparently the guy who this movie was based on did actually encounter it. And Daniel Radcliffe got all muddy filming it.

Greg McLean also still holds some cache for me because of Wolf Creek so I thought I'd give it a watch. It's ok.

Mostly, this gave me some weird nostalgia vibes for the time I went to Bolivia with an Austrian tour guide who was kinda sketchy. Nothing on this scale of course, but it did cause a weird passive aggressive dream after watching.

So I guess there's a little power to this movie because it's stuck with me a little bit. I feel like movies like these are championed by young actors like Daniel Radcliffe because they're adventurous and healthy and want to divorce themselves from an image of Harry Potter so they go to extra lengths like all the farting in that one movie and getting super skinny and dirty in this. But at the same time, I can't imagine Bolivian rain forest in 1981. If there's anywhere in the world still capable of offering uncharted adventure it's gotta be there. I'm sure 1981 was more civilized than 1961 or 1941 but compared to 2020 it must've been crazy rustic.
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