Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2003. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Universal Pictures, WWE Studios, Misher Films, Strike Entertainment, IM3 Entertainment. Story by R.J. Stewart, Screenplay by R.J. Stewart, James Vanderbilt. Cinematography by Tobias A. Schliessler. Produced by Marc Abraham, Bill Corless, Karen Glasser, Kevin Misher. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Production Design by Tom Duffield. Costume Design by Louise Mingenbach. Film Editing by Richard Pearson.
Remember the good old days of Romancing The Stone and Indiana Jones when adventure movies actually had adventure? Despite the impressive presence of Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), who really does make a great action star, and the quirky humour of Seann William Scott (who could have handled the movie all on his own), this film’s boring screenplay ruins any possibility of it being memorable. Johnson plays a collector for a crime boss who is sent to the Amazon to retrieve his employer’s son (Scott) and bring him back to the States to face some trouble he got himself into before his trip. When our protagonist arrives in the jungle, his target tells him that he is on the hunt for a rare and precious religious artifact that is worth a lot of money and that he will not leave for home until he finds it. Christopher Walken plays another caricature of himself as the oppressive owner of a mine that has all the peasants of Brazil working for peanuts and living miserable lives. Instead of there being any kind of journey into the mysteries of the gorgeous rainforest, the film concentrates on listless fight sequences that are too contrived to be compelling; it’s obvious that all the character conflicts have been created simply to justify the ridiculous martial arts scenes.