Things start to get seriously rough for Daniel Radcliffe in the latest trailer for Greg McLean’s Jungle, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival last month.
Exploiting beautiful scenery while ramping up the survivalist tension as he did so successfully in both Wolf Creek and Rogue, McLean could be playing to his talents more with Jungle, with many having felt underwhelmed by his previous two directorial efforts, The Darkness and The Belko Experiment.
Child star-turned indie genre flick leading man Radcliffe plays Yossi Ghinsberg, upon whose memoir the film is based. Ghinsberg’s book details an ill-fated trip to the Amazon jungle with two friends and a fraudulent guide. The disastrous expedition was previously turned into a Discovery Channel docudrama series entitled I Shouldn’t Be Alive. Co-starring as Ghinsberg’s friends are Thomas Kretschmann (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Alex Russell (Chronicle, Carrie).
In the early 1980s, 22-year-old Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg and two friends – Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm and American photographer Kevin Gale – set off from the Bolivian city of La Paz on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Leading the way into the uncharted Amazon was an Austrian expat named Karl Ruprechter, who had met the friends just days before and claimed to be familiar with the region. But their dream trip soon turned into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of the men returned.
Jungle opens in cinemas, On Demand and Digital HD on October 20th.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)