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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • 2017
  • Jake Kasdan
  • 114 mins
  • 12

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Four high-school students discover a dusty 1990s video game and are sucked into its world as the characters they chose. They soon discover that if they lose their three "lives" in the game, they will be killed in real life. In order to survive, they must complete the game and break its curse.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Think of a family fantasy favourite and it will resonate somewhere in this high-spirited mix of Indiana Jones, It's a Wonderful Life and Tomb Raider. As good as the 1995 original, director Jake Kasdan's rip-roaring action adventure takes the bare bones of Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 book and adds contemporary twists while downplaying the jungle animal perils. This time, four teens are sucked into the Jumanji game universe where they are each given incongruous avatars. They must then use their newly acquired physiques and power attributes to return a green jewel to the Jaguar Rock shrine in order to get back home. The most inspired change finds one female character gender-swapped into Jack Black, who brilliantly mines all the "Instagram princess" humour he can from the fun-threat situations. Dwayne Johnson has a good time sending himself up, too, in this entertaining serving of glossy escapism, which comes with a side order of life lessons learned.

Credits

Cast

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Dr Smolder BravestoneDwayne Johnson
Dr Shelly OberonJack Black
"Moose" FinbarKevin Hart
Ruby RoundhouseKaren Gillan
Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonoughNick Jonas
Van PeltBobby Cannavale
SpencerAlex Wolff
MarthaMorgan Turner
BethanyMadison Iseman
Anthony "Fridge" JohnsonSer'Darius Blain
NigelRhys Darby
Coach WebbMissi Pyle
Old Man VreekeTim Matheson

Crew

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DirectorJake Kasdan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2017-12-20
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence, brief swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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