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Daniel Radcliffe fights terror and reality in problematic survival story 'Jungle'

Daniel Radcliffe fights terror and reality in problematic survival story 'Jungle'

In “Jungle,” as young Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) and his just-met traveling companions Kevin (Alex Russell) and Marcus (Joel Jackson) make their way through thick, forbidding Amazon forest in uncharted Bolivia, you think, surely we’re heading toward a cannibal reckoning.

That’s because the director, Australian horrormeister Greg McLean (“Wolf Creek,” “The Darkness”) is at heart a visceralist: A fire ant bite merits a zoomed close-up, and when the trio’s enigmatic guide (a tantalizing Thomas Kretschmann) kills and cooks a monkey, every tear and bite is a virtuoso piece of foley crunch.

“Jungle” is a true story, based on Ghinsberg’s memoir of his...

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