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Jungleland DVD Review

Derivative, but well acted.

Directed by Max Winkler, “Jungleland” is a drama about two downtrodden brothers- Stan and Lion. Stan is the cocky and talky type who always seems to land in trouble. Lion is a fighter who tends to go along with whatever his brother (AKA his manager) says. After Stan gets in debt with a gangster named Pepper, he decides to work his way out of that by transporting a young woman (Sky) to Reno to a shady businessman (Yates). Moreover, Pepper offers Lion the chance to play in a bare knuckle battle royale event called Jungleland in San Francisco which has a substantial  money prize. As Stan, Lion and Sky hit the road, however, secrets are revealed which might change the course of their trip.

For those expecting “Jungleland” to be a boxing or fighting movie, it’s not. Fighting is but a small portion of the runtime. For the most part, this Max Winkler, David Branson Smith, and Theodore B. Bressman penned road trip character drama about dreams, family, sacrifice, and mistakes ticks every box of cliches known to man. It’s all familiar stuff to anyone who has ever seen a drama about a hungry fighter, broke people trying to make their dreams come true, or characters trapped by circumstances.

What keeps “Jungleland” afloat is the trio of lead performances by Jack O’Connell, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Barden. I keep waiting for Jack O’Connell to become a household name because the actor is poised for a big breakout after impressing in the likes of “Godless” and “‘71.” Once again, he shines here as Lion. Hunnam has had his ups and downs, but he’s certainly right for the role of the loudmouth troublemaker brother Stan. Jessica Barden continues her meteoric rise here as the troubled Sky. I have a feeling she’ll be appearing in major movies soon enough.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? Adequate, but dark and blotchy in spots.

Audio Track:  Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The 5.1 track does the job.

The lone extra is a Digital copy

January 9, 2021 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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