JUNGLE CRUISE (2021) Reviews and overview of Disney’s action adventure

 

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Jungle Cruise is a 2021 American action-adventure film about a small riverboat that takes a group of travellers through a dense jungle; they encounter dangerous animals, reptiles and supernatural foes.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Black Adam; The Shallows; House of Wax) from a screenplay co-written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa and Michael Green, based on a story co-written by Glenn Ficarra, Josh Goldstein, John Norville and John Requa.

The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall and Jesse Plemons.

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Reviews:

“Does it reach the same heights that The Mummy did in 1999 or Pirates of the Caribbean did in 2003? Well…. no, not quite. It’s a little overlong, the plot is maybe a little too convoluted, and some of the action scenes are shot with so many cuts that the geography can be a little confusing. However, the stuff that works –namely the cast and overall direction– really work.” Awesome Friday

” …a fun adventure film. It’s not without its bumps, however. With a middle half that drags and elements that may take viewers out of the film, this film will not resonate for some. However, it’s difficult not to look away as we watch Dwayne Johnson’s Frank and Emily Blunt’s Dr Lily Houghton interact onscreen, especially when they really get going with their witty sparring.” Nightmarish Conjurings

“The cast is first-rate […] Johnson and Blunt can have enough charisma to generate chemistry with a flathead if they want, but they really swoon here. They have an almost 50s style Hollywood romance. He is stoic, funny, confident, but never cocky. She is a firecracker capable of doing anything a man can […] Jungle Cruise is a perfectly paced energetic adventure.” Ready Steady Cut

“Time and again, though, director Jaume Collet-Serra […] manages to salvage individual sequences and action scenes by relying on the greatest special effects of all: Blunt’s natural expressiveness and gift for physical comedy along with Johnson’s screen-filling size and dexterity.” Screen Anarchy

“Despite its flaws, Jungle Cruise still provides plenty of fun. After all, the most important part of a movie like this is how enjoyable it is. The aforementioned action scenes provide just about every member of the cast with the chance to stretch their physical prowess, and the titular jungle proves to be a gorgeous backdrop. Some of the special effects, particularly when it comes to Aguirre and his men, fall flat…” Screen Rant

“Whatever thoughtfulness could have emerged from this story about the curse of colonialism tainting the future of the American continents for centuries has been washed away in computer-generated snakes and bees. All that matters is that the leads are dashing, the scenery looks nice, and by the time you realize you got nothing out of this time-consuming and forgettable diversion, Disney has already pocketed your money.” The Wrap

Cast and characters:

Dwayne Johnson … Frank Wolff
Emily Blunt … Lily Houghton
Edgar Ramírez … Aguirre
Jack Whitehall … MacGregor Houghton
Jesse Plemons … Prince Joachim
Paul Giamatti … Nilo
Veronica Falcón … Trader Sam
Dani Rovira … Sancho
Quim Gutiérrez … Melchor
Dan Dargan Carter … Gonzalo
Andy Nyman … Sir James Hobbs-Coddington
Raphael Alejandro … Zaqueu
Simone Lockhart … Anna
Pedro Lopez … Chief
Sulem Calderon … Chief’s Daughter
Sebastian Blunt … Society Guard
Mark Ashworth … Society Member
Allan Poppleton … Society Worker
Caroline Paige … Kid Tourist
James Quattrochi … Italian Tourist
Stephen Dunlevy … Middlepart
Philipp Maximilian … Axel
Romualdo Castillo … Animal Vendor
Pedro Haro … Bird Vendor
Christina Souza … Barmaid

Technical details:

127 minutes
Audio: Dolby AtmosIMAX 6-Track
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Filming locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA

Filming dates:

14 May 2018 – 14 September 2018

Fun facts:

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride of the same name but with the addition of supernatural elements.

Related:

Jungle Run (2021)

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