Actors: Rupert Reid, Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo
Director: Andrew Traucki
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Entertainment One
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2014
Run Time: 84 minutes
I’m tired of writing reviews for bad found-footage horror movies. How many have actually been successful? Artistically, it is difficult to think of more than a handful, but they must all have some kind of financial success in order for the market to become so flooded. Horror has always been a genre that thrives in low budget, but all creativity has been lost in this generic formula.
The largest problem with The Jungle is that it feels like a film that is about fifteen years past its time. By today’s standards, the pacing is far too slow and too little happens, but it actually aligns perfectly with the narrative and style of the original found-footage hit, The Blair Witch Project. Like that first creative endeavor and The Last Broadcast, which followed, much of the film’s suspense is built from what isn’t seen. Filmmaker and conservationist Larry Black (Rupert Reid) leads a team into the Indonesian rainforest to attempt to track down the elusive Javan Leopard, but encounter a different creature instead.
The creature is not shown in much more than glimpses, which is much better than the attempts to show more with digital effects. The entire thing is a bit hokey, but can be commended slightly for the successful moments of restraint. The true enemy here is the back cover art, which shows a clear picture of a creature which resembles nothing seen in the film. It offers misleading images for a horror film that is only rated ‘R’ for language, relying heavily on the sound of rustling bushes in the dark over a convincing creature.
Entertainment Value: 1/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 2.5/10
Historical Significance: 0/10