What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week:
Genre: Found Footage
Directed by: Andrew Traucki
Run time: 84 minutes
The Lowdown: “The Jungle” may possibly be the worst “found footage” movie yet to be released.
I can personally attest to the amount of anger and frustration you will feel upon wasting 84 minutes waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting for something to happen, and then when that something – a mythical ‘forest demon’ – does finally appear, the creature looks like a man in a cheap Party City gorilla costume with tiny bulbs for eyes to make them glow bright in the dark.
The fact that this travesty devolves into sub-grade Syfy-quality awfulness is completely unexpected. The director, Andrew Traucki, previously gave us the superior shark thriller “The Reef.”
Avoid this jungle at all cost.
The Stuff You Care About:
Hot chicks – No.
Nudity – No.
Gore – No.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Lamesquatch.
Buy/Rent – Better yet, Burn.
Enemy (Lionsgate, 90 minutes, R, Blu-Ray): What a wicked web we weave when we practice to deceive. Director Denis Villeneuve channels his inner Terry Gilliam, sprinkles in some Stanley Kubrick and finishes with a glaze of David Lynch for this mind-screw, head-scratcher about a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers his doppelganger and begins to suspect that the world around him may not be what it seems. Original, haunting and possessing one of the most WTF endings in recent memory, “Enemy” punches you in the brain and lingers long after its chilling final shot.
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