Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell, Joel Jackson, Jacek Koman, Yasmin Kassim
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Action thriller based on real events directed by Greg McLean. Jungle (2017) follows Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), an Israeli backpacker who with his two friends set off into the Bolivian jungle being guided by an Austrian expat named Karl Ruprechter (Thomas Kretschmann), who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. However, their dreams soon turn into a nightmare when Ruprechter abandons them and leaves them for dead.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Look at the world. Perfectly balanced. The problem is us. People.' - Karl (Jungle) Click To Tweet
Yossi Ghinsberg: I left Israel in 1980, after three years in the army. I was desperate to escape the well-worn path. You know, high school, university, work, marriage, kids, not me. I wanted to be different, to experience the extraordinary, and to enter the unknown, discover lost tribes, the hidden treasures, the darkest heart of the jungle.
Yossi Ghinsberg: I told my parents I’d be back in a year, but I don’t think I’m ever going back.
'The jungle shows us what we really are.' - Karl (Jungle) Click To Tweet
Amie: “With the long, lonely night ahead, and all the time in the world to decide on the actions of a future life, he closed his eyes. It takes time to live.”
Amie: I read a book once that said, “The last human freedom is to choose one’s own way.”
Yossi Ghinsberg: Yeah, that would be nice.
'It takes time to live.' - Amie (Jungle) Click To Tweet
Karl: [to Yossi] There’s nothing like the jungle at night. It’s the most alive sound. Insects, birds. All these animals around you. It’s like they’re screaming at you, pulsing like electricity. And then suddenly, it stops. There is nothing. Just you and whatever you came looking for.
Karl: [to Yossi] In one generation, all of the Indians gone. The last of the hidden world, gone. Gone! That’s what you’re dreaming of. Right? The hidden world? That’s why you’re here.
Yossi Ghinsberg: Do you want to be like every other tourist? You want to go to Machu Picchu? Anybody can go to Machu Picchu. But the jungle? To see wild Indians that nobody has ever seen before. And this guy, Karl, who I met, who’s very nice, he can take us there!
Marcus: How do you know that Karl is telling the truth?
Karl: This is the last frontier on Earth. Still alive, still wild. Not for long. We don’t like wild. We don’t like untamed. We’re obsessed with control. So, we ruin the whole planet, and pride ourselves for creating stupid national parks, with stupid rangers, in stupid hats, to protect what’s already gone. Why? Because we’re scared. The jungle shows us what we really are. We’re nothing. We’re a joke. God f***ed up.
Karl: These tribal cultures, it seems like they live in Stone Age, but in reality, they are far ahead of us. Invisible. Hidden in the Madidi. The Toromonas, they understand that they are part of a much bigger picture. They don’t want what we have. They’re smart. They’re truly free.
'The last human freedom is to choose one's own way.' - Amie (Jungle) Click To Tweet
Karl: Look at the world. Perfectly balanced. The problem is us. People. We’re the cancer. We deserve to disappear, seriously.
Karl: Communism isn’t the answer. Neither is revolution. I tried both. The solution is automation. Mathematical Cosmo politics. Put a freaking computer in charge. No ego trips, no pride. A computer program for the common good. By the way, I got in trouble for saying that. I made myself pretty clear. They’re still looking for me.
Karl: In the jungle, never waste a bullet?
Marcus: [referring to Karl] Great work, Kevin. Congratulations. The only guy who knows where we are, and what we’re going to do, and he just walked away.
Kevin: What the f*** is wrong with you? You’re such a f***ing let-down. I can’t even believe it.
'We don't like wild. We don't like untamed. We're obsessed with control. So, we ruin the whole planet.' - Karl (Jungle) Click To Tweet
Yossi Ghinsberg: You have a map, and people are coming to save you. All you have to do is keep going, and going, and going, and going.
Yossi Ghinsberg: That is a long way. No. It’s not a long way for the luckiest man on Earth.
Yossi Ghinsberg: I’m so sorry, Marcus. I didn’t know. I just didn’t want to be the weakest. I was more scared than you, because I’m a coward. Because I am a coward and I deserve all of this.
Captain Armando: There is no one to look for.
Kevin: You don’t know that.
Captain Armando: You did all you could. It’s a miracle you survived. Now, go home.
Kevin: [referring to Yossi] Listen, I know it doesn’t make any sense to you. I know that it seems hopeless. But I’m telling you, I know, in here, I know in my heart, that he is alive. I just need some, I need some help. Okay?
Kevin: You don’t want to help me, I’ll go upriver myself.
Captain Armando: What if you die in looking for him?
Kevin: Then I die!
'These tribal cultures, it seems like they live in Stone Age, but in reality, they are far ahead of us. They understand that they are part of a much bigger picture. They don't want what we have. They're smart. They're truly free.' Click To Tweet
Yossi Ghinsberg: Look, every night, God sends us a tree to sleep under. This is a gift from God. We are not alone here. God is walking beside us. You know, He has one hand on our shoulder. He is with us.
Yossi Ghinsberg: You saved my life.
Kevin: You saved mine.