Director: Max Winkler
Writer: Theodore Bressman, David Brandon Smith, Max Winkler (Screenplay)
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, Naheem Garcia, Fran Kranz, Patrick M Walsh, Jonathan Majors, Jessica Barden
Plot: Two brothers try to escape their circumstances by travelling across the country for a no holds barred boxing match that becomes a fight for their lives.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Jungleland starts when Stanley Kaminski (Hunnam) has gotten his fighter brother Walter ‘Lion’ Kaminski (O’Connell) into a debt with a local gangster, needing to do repay the debt he owes to Pepper (Majors). The debt will make the pair travel across America to a fighting competition known as Jungleland with a young woman Sky (Barden).
As the journey is under way, Stanley learns how much trouble the pair are in, with a girl that isn’t willing to return to the former life she finds herself being dragged back too, with the brothers needing to make the big decisions on whether to help her or clear their debts.
Thoughts on Jungleland
Thoughts – Jungleland is a drama that follows two brothers who have been struggling to make ends meet, drawn into a criminal underworld which has caused them to make bad decisions in life. This is the type of story that will focus on the importance of working together between hard times, with the brothers knowing they have each other despite the hard times they are going through. The decision on whether to do the right thing or clear the debt is the pivotal point between the two that could make or break them. The performances from Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell are brilliant, with the pair showing their talent off, while giving us the excellent chemistry they have on screen. Jessica Barden completes the main cast, as the woman they need to deliver, which she gives us another great performance to match the brothers. The fighting side of the film is the bare knuckle style, which doesn’t always come off as strong as it could be with a lot of shaky cam through the fights, making it the weakest part of the film.
Final Thoughts –Jungleland is a great drama filled with the struggle to succeed when the world hasn’t given you a chance.