|aka:Welcome to the Jungle|
No the preposterous plot doesn't make a bit of sense. Not a single character behaves with any logic at all, but at least they're colourful and energetic enough to keep our interest. The film also looks all wrong; if you know anything about the Amazon (I grew up in South America so I have firsthand experience) you can immediately tell that not a single frame of film was shot there. It's quite obviously Los Angeles and Hawaii, which the credits confirmed. In other words, this film is utterly fake on every level! That said, The Rock proves that he's a decent action hero and Scott is, as usual, a funny comic foil. It's up to the gifted Dawson and bizarre Walken to add a bit more depth and interest. At least both the script and direction have a warped and vicious sense of humour, which isn't a surprise from the director of Very Bad Things. Some of the digital effects are badly overdone and the fight choreography is, frankly, insane ("spinning Tarzan jujitsu!"). But it's still rather good fun, in a deeply annoying sort of way.
dir Peter Berg|
scr RJ Stewart, James Vanderbilt
with The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Walken, Ewen Bremner, Ernie Reyes Jr, William Lucking, Stuart Wilson, Jon Gries, Dennis Keiffer, Garrett Warren, Arnold Schwarzenegger
release US 26.Sep.03; UK 26.Mar.04
The Road to Helldorado: The Rock, Dawson and Scott.
|Laurie T, Minneapolis: "This movie looked silly - and it was. It also looked like it would be entertaining, make us laugh and just have some fun for a couple of hours - and it did. Go see it if you need some good laughs. Laughter is good for the soul, so this movie should be good for your soul. Okay, maybe it's not that good. But it should make you laugh." (1.Oct.03)|