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JUNGLE, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Big cat conservationist Larry Black (Rupert Reid) and his filmmaker brother Ben (Andrew Traucki) 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.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Andrew Traucki's nature-horror trilogy comes to a surprisingly divergent end with The Jungle, after the edgy thrills of both Black Water (2007) and The Reef (2010). Unlike those two previous chillers, Traucki uses the faux documentary device, himself cast as the cameraman (though not actually shooting the film) in an expedition to the Java jungle to document the rare Javan leopard, in order to convince the authorities to funds its preservation in the face of jungle clearance for agriculture.

Traucki understands the power of the unseen and unheard as scarifiers in cinema, but he takes that notion a few steps too far, in the process leaving behind the audience. The genre template has it that the characters are established first, the setting is benign, the tension ratchets up slowly. But Traucki, perhaps to tease us as long as possible, stretches the build up - and then delivers a less than satisfactory pay-off, partly due to the approach itself. The ending cannot be filmed from 'outside'.

But even putting that aside, too much of the film is taken up with the boring bits of daily life that Hitchcock says should be cut out to make good drama.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

JUNGLE, THE: DVD (M)
(Aust, 2013)

CAST: Rupert Reid, Agung Pindha, Agoes Widjaya Soedjarwo

PRODUCER: Andrew Traucki , Annmaree Bell,

DIRECTOR: Andrew Traucki

SCRIPT: Andrew Traucki

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sam Collins

EDITOR: Christopher Mill, Matthew Walker

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Zvika Aloni

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Monster Pictures

DVD RELEASE: April 16, 2014 (JB HI-FI)







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