Feb 12

‘Welcome to the Jungle’ – Movie Review

Welcome_to_the_Jungle_Poster“Welcome to the Jungle” stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Adam Brody, Megan Boone, Rob Huebel, and several other people. It is a comedy film which was released on VOD and in theatres on February 7, 2014.

Chris (played by Adam Brody) is an employee at an ad agency. One of his co-workers, Phil (played by Rob Huebel), steals his ideas and takes credit for them. Another one his co-workers is Lisa (played by Megan Boone), an HR rep at the company he works at.

Their boss Mr. Crawford (played by Dennis Haysbert) sends everyone in the office on a team building exercise. Heading the team building exercise is Storm Rothchild (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme), an ex-marine who seems to be a little bit mental.

Storm takes everyone to a deserted tropical island to try turning them into a cohesive team. Once they arrive on the island the pilot, who looks to be in his 90’s dies then Storm is attacked by a tiger and falls off a cliff. Alone on the island with no pilot and no radio to call for help the group tries to figure out what to do.

Phil takes over for Storm and proclaims himself “God” while Chris, Lisa, his friend Jared (played by Eric Edelstein), and Jared’s on-again/off-again girlfriend Brenda are banished to the other side of the island. They discover a bunker and an injured Storm while trekking through the jungle.

They find another receiver in the bunker and decide to try scavenging the piece they need to fix the radio. The problem is that the radio is in the plane by the camp that Phil is in control of.

Does Chris and his group get piece they need to fix the radio and get off the island? Is Phil really the “God” of the island? How did Storm live after being pushed off the cliff by the tiger?

The movie is not good. I am a huge Van Damme fan and enjoy all of his movies, however this film was in a word– SHIT! There was not much action, not was there much Van Damme other than a few spots where he yells incoherently in his European accent and throws a couple kicks.

If you really want to see this film wait until it is on network television and do not waste money at a theatre or to buy the DVD.