Run time: 127 mins
Dwayne Johnson explodes back onto the scene in this white-knuckle family adventure down the Amazon.
In the early 1900s, Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) hires skipper Frank Wolff (Johnson) to guide her and her brother through the treacherous waters of the Amazon in search of a priceless treasure; a mysterious tree with the power to heal all mankind. Their journey into uncharted territory proves full of danger at every turn as poisonous snakes, ferocious wild beasts and another deadly team of hunters threaten to halt them in their quest to find the tree and its precious fruit first.
Like Pirates of the Caribbean before it, Jungle Cruise is a live-action adaption of one of Disney’s resort rides. It’s a successful formula; Pirates films having taken over $4.5 billion at the box office, albeit looking unlikely to add to that figure anytime soon.
There’s certainly a hint of Pirates here, mixed with Indiana Jones, a bit of Jumanji (both old and new) and a dash of A-list sheen in Johnson and Blunt.
Fantastic fun all round. The House of Mouse delivers once more. (Chris Coetsee)