Jungle (2017 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Greg McLean
Produced by Todd Fellman
Mike Gabrawy
Gary Hamilton
Mark Lazarus
Dana Lustig
Greg McLean
Screenplay by Justin Monjo
Based on Jungle
by Yossi Ghinsberg
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
Alex Russell
Thomas Kretschmann
Yasmin Kassim
Joel Jackson
Jacek Koman
Music by Johnny Klimek
Cinematography Stefan Duscio
Edited by Sean Lahiff
Babber Films
Cutting Edge Group
Screen Australia
Screen Queensland
Distributed by Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • August 3, 2017 (2017-08-03) (MIFF)
  • November 9, 2017 (2017-11-09) (Australia)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
Country Australia
Language English
Box office $883,744[2]

Jungle is a 2017 Australian biographical survival drama film directed by Greg McLean and written by Justin Monjo. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Alex Russell, Thomas Kretschmann, Yasmin Kassim, Joel Jackson and Jacek Koman. The film was released in Australia on November 9, 2017, by Umbrella Entertainment.


In early 1980s, an Israeli adventurer named Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) travels to Bolivia for a journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. There, he meets Marcus Stamm, a Swiss school teacher, and Marcus's friend Kevin Gale, an American hiker and avid photographer. The three are staying in La Paz, where one of them has an apartment. Yossi is out in the market one day and a stranger asks if he is an American, he replied "No". This stranger is Austrian, Karl Ruprechter. During conversation Karl claims the existence of an Indian tribe in the jungle that they should go see. Karl says everything will be okay because he knows the jungle and he's friends with the tribe. Yossi, excited about the prospect of exploring the jungle, chooses to believe him. He heads back to the apartment to convince Marcus and Kevin to come along. Being skeptical of the stranger and his story, they refuse. Yossi continues to press them and they ultimately acquiesce.

The next day they meet Karl in a shop while he is gathering supplies for the hike. All three men are surprised when Karl leaves with the supplies and tells them they will pay for everything.

Yossi, Marcus, Kevin and Karl hike through the jungle for several days. They make it to a village where it's apparent Karl knows the villagers. They spend the day in the village and stay over night. They head back into the jungle the next morning. Marcus starts having trouble walking and it is discovered his feet are full of bloody sores. By now Kevin and Yossi are a little tired of Marcus' complaining. Yossi, Kevin and Karl are discussing how they all should proceed. Karl wants to leave the three while he goes and gets help but Kevin and Yossi disagree with that. At this point Marcus walks up and Kevin suggest an idea of building a raft and use the river so all of them can stay together. They build a raft and set off down the river. They hit some rapids, barely making it through. Karl gets upset at Kevin for taking control on the raft and floats the raft to shore and says something "smart" then says he's going hunting. Kevin noticed that Karl was afraid of water and can't swim. The gut feeling led them for their later survival. Yossi goes to find him so he doesn't leave them. Marcus and Karl decide to leave the journey and go back to La Paz, which takes three days. Yossi and Kevin continue their journey until their makeshift raft is destroyed by a strong current, and Yossi is washed away by the river, leaving Kevin behind. Without a knife or any kind of survival training, he must improvise shelter and forage to survive. Ghinsberg begins to give up hope after losing all sense of direction, wondering if he will ever survive the jungle. Meanwhile, Kevin is discovered by people from the local town who take him to Rurrenabaque which is 120 miles from Yossi's location, Curiplaya. Arriving there, Kevin called for the help of the local authorities to find Yossi. They failed to find Yossi through a plane flyover, but Kevin believes that Yossi is alive. Kevin ropes in the help of the local boat driver to search for him. Kevin finally discovers a now-weak Yossi and takes him to Rurrenabaque.

The epilogue says that Karl and Marcus were never seen again and Karl was wanted by the authorities.



On February 10, 2016, Daniel Radcliffe joined the cast of the film.[3] On March 21, 2016, Thomas Kretschmann and Alex Russell joined the cast of the film.[4] Principal photography began on March 19, 2016, and ended on April 13, 2016.[5]


The film premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 3, 2017.[6] The film was released in Australia on November 9, 2017, by Umbrella Entertainment.[7]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 54%, based on 48 reviews, with an average rating of 5.7/10.[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 48 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

Writing for The A.V. Club, Alex McLevy gave the film a B−, praising Radcliffe's acting commitment and the shock of some of the scenes but wrote, "Unfortunately, the movie too often can’t resist leaning into the melodrama of the situation. Rather than allowing the power to come from the raw intensity of what transpired, it occasionally turns Ghinsberg’s journey into a Hollywood spectacle, making the incredible seem a little less so in the process."[10] Dread Central's Jonathan Barkan gave the film 4.5 out of 5, saying that it was, "without a doubt, the most thrilling, exhilarating, and inspiring film I've seen this year."[11]


Stefan Duscio was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 7th AACTA Awards.[12]


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  5. ^ "Filming Wraps in Colombia on Adventure Drama Jungle, Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Supported by Law 1556". Proimágenes Colombia. Comisión Fílmica Colombiana. June 3, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
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  7. ^ Flicks.com.au (October 18, 2017). "Daniel Radcliffe survival thriller Jungle coming to cinemas in November". Flicks.com.au. Flicks.co.nz. Retrieved January 20, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Jungle (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Jungle Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 20, 2018. 
  10. ^ McLevy, Alex (October 16, 2017). "Jungle Pits Daniel Radcliffe Against Nature, with One of the Grossest Scenes of the Year". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  11. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (October 16, 2017). "Jungle Telluride Horror Show Review: An Exhilarating, Tension-Fueled Tale of Survival". Dread Central. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  12. ^ https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/winners-and-nominees/

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