THE PLOT THUS FAR
Big cat conservationist Larry Black and his filmmaker brother Ben travel into the Indonesian jungle to find and document the rare and endangered Javan Leopard. As they travel deeper and deeper into the jungle they realise they are being stalked by a deadly predator.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Jungle” is a pretty generic creature feature. When I was younger, that’s all I needed on a Friday night. A horror movie with a thin premise, but the promise that somebody somewhere was going to get mauled for my entertainment. That being said, these sorts of films always felt like afterthoughts. I wouldn’t say that they were terrible, but they lacked any of the cool elements that made the other horror movies pop for me on the VHS rack. But, this is a newer film. Surely, something has changed?!?
Movies about stalking big animals are a dime a dozen. But, it’s almost like they want to make a found footage movie about a Leopard man. While I never got a decent enough look at the creature, I do admire that people are trying to ape and improve on the lackluster Blair Witch roughly fifteen years after it was a thing. Most of the action is pretty generic, but there is a general sense of tension that permeates throughout the feature. I just wish that we got something on the pay-off. I love seeing monsters of all sorts and I don’t feel like we received what the movie promised. Maybe, I’m just a picky viewer. But, I demand more for the time I invested in the film.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is typical for standard definition. The transfer is flat with little punch-up. But, the Dolby 5.1 track kicks up where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a rental or streaming it.
RELEASE DATE: 06/24/2014