Junglee Movie Review 2019: Message In a Tusk

Junglee Movie Review 2019: Message In a Tusk

Movie Name
Chuck Russell
Action, Adventure, Thriller
01 hours 55 minutes

Junglee Review

Two reasons to watch director Chuck Russell's jungle adventure. One is the relevant message to stop the demand for ivory items which will, in turn, curb the slaying of majestic elephants for their tusks.When it comes packaged with kalaripayyuttu and mixed martial arts, it's worth the ticket money.

Except that Russell relies completely on the message, the endearing cuteness of the animals and the superb action choreography by Chung Chi Li without a high-octane screenplay.

It starts off well enough with Dr Raj Nair, a Mumbai-based vet, going home to the jungles of Kerala after ten years because he's nursed a grouse against his father. Prowling in the same jungle is hunter Keshav who has his sights on Bhola the elephant who sports magnificent tusks.

A couple of scenes like Raj talking to the elephants, gauging their mood and sympathising with them, and even conversing with a snake, have warmth.

Well done action scenes where Raj rescues a dog that's being dangled by goondas, another in the police station and the one with Dev the forest ranger,make a thrilling watch.

There is a touch of welcome feminism in Shanku, the female mahout without a fuss over her gender. On the other hand is the very obviously independent Meera Rai, a journalist who films the ruthlessness of the lucrative but cruel ivory business.

In the outdated screenplay, both Shanku who awaits Raj's return and Meera who's equally bowled over by him, are drawn to the same man. But mercifully, they at least have a role to play in helping the hero fight for jungle rights. With the hunter turning lecherous which is another ancient move, one does wish Russell had rustled up a sparkling narrative that would've done more justice to those beautiful beasts. Despite two women around, there isn't enough of an emotional connect on any front which is a pity.

Vidyut Jammwal continues to be the hero whose action scenes carry the show. Pooja Sawant as Shanku and Asha Bhatt as Meera don't make the screen come alive. Atul Kulkarni as the hunter and Akshay Oberoi as the forest ranger are averagely at ease.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

For a film that’s got a lovely message and slick action but is wrapped up with a dull screenplay, Junglee gets a 3* rating.


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