Jungle Cruise (2021)
Jungle Cruise is a 2021 American fantasy adventure film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Michael Green. It is based on Walt Disney's eponymous theme park attraction. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. It tells the alternate history of the captain of a small riverboat who takes a scientist and her brother through a jungle in search of the Tree of Life while competing against a German expedition, and cursed conquistadors.
Jungle Cruise (2021)
In 1556, Don Aguirre leads Spanish conquistadors to South America to search for the Lágrimas de Cristal[b] Tree, whose flowers cure illness, heal injuries, and lift curses. After many conquistadors die, the Puka Michuna tribe heals the sickened survivors with the Tree's flowers. When the tribal chief refuses to reveal the Tree's location, Aguirre stabs him and burns the village. The dying chief curses the conquistadors, making them immortal and unable to leave sight of the Amazon River without being dragged back by the jungle itself.
Arriving in Brazil, Lily and MacGregor search for a guide to navigate the Amazon River. They hire skipper Frank Wolff who offers jungle cruises embellished with faked theatrical dangers and corny puns. He initially declines, citing the dangers of the river and jungle, but reconsiders upon seeing the arrowhead. Frank steals back his repossessed boat engine from the harbormaster Nilo and the trio departs after escaping from Joachim's U-boat.
Additionally, Verónica Falcón plays Trader Sam, the female chief of the Puka Michuna tribe in 1916, who is a longtime friend of Frank's and knows about the curse. The Puka Michuna tribe has a centuries-long history of guarding the Tree, but Sam does not know the exact location herself until Lily shows her the arrowhead. Dan Dargan Carter, Dani Rovira, and Quim Gutiérrez play Aguirre's fellow conquistadors, as, respectively: Gonzalo, whose partially-decomposed body is composed of tree parts; Sancho, whose is composed of honeycombs and the colonies of honeybees that ride on him; and Melchor, whose is composed of mud and the poison dart frogs that ride on him. All the conquistadors have the ability to dissolve into their constituent parts to rapidly move through the jungle, as well as maintain telepathic control of the creatures inhabiting their bodies. Andy Nyman plays Sir James Hobbs-Coddington, the Royal Society's artifact handler who briefly helps Prince Joachim; while Raphael Alejandro plays Zaqueu, Frank's young assistant.
Other characters include the chief of the Puka Michuna tribe in 1556, played by Pedro Lopez, who cursed the conquistadors; and his daughter, played by Sulem Calderon, who protects the artifact away from the jungle. Also, stunt-actor Ben Jenkin was on set for the motion-capture of Proxima, Frank's devoted pet jaguar. She is one of a series of exotic cats rescued and trained by Frank that were all named Proxima (Spanish for "Next") in Frank's life. Out of fear and later affectionately, MacGregor nicknames her "Murder Cat".
The first span of the shoot began on May 16, 2018, in Hawaii, where a port town was set up at Kapaia Reservoir, Kauai, near Wailua Falls. The set took one month to scout, two months to design, and four months to build, dress, and landscape while being challenged by the flood rains. Other shoot locations include the town of Lihue, the Kauai Plantation Railway, and Huleia Stream. After seven weeks, the shoot then moved for a major course at Blackhall Studios, Atlanta, where a pool was set up in a large tank like the river, as well as the jungle in it. Some scenes were also filmed at the Oxford College of Emory University.
The port town, the water, and the jungle, all were built on a limited scale and were extended through CGI to create backgrounds. Plate shots were also captured at the Colorado River; these were used to animate the turbulent and aerated water, so the boat can be animated running at 200 km/h on the river as its journey is seen in the film. The 3D team made such effects like "light reflecting off the water, bugs flying around and dew glistening on leaves", so the film weather looks humid in the summer. The submarine was also digitally extended after it was shot in a tank. To visualize the explosions by torpedo, rubber and wooden structures were used.
In the 16th century, Don Aguirre leads Spanish conquistadors to South America in search of the Tears of the Moon, a mythical tree whose petals can cure any illness, heal any injury, and lift any curse. After most men die in the jungle, the survivors are nursed back to health by a local tribe using the tree petals. When they refuse to reveal the location of the tree, the Spanish destroy the village. As punishment, the conquistadors became cursed by the village chief to never die and never be able to leave sight of the river or the jungle would take them back to it for all eternity.
The next morning, Lily discovers that Frank has miraculously survived. He reveals that his real name is Francisco, and he is one of the cursed conquistadors, unable to die or leave the river. The expedition to find the tree was originally a noble one to save Aguirre's sick daughter, Anna, but when the natives were attacked by the Spaniards, Frank switched his allegiance to help the villagers. After years of fighting, Frank trapped Aguirre and the others in a cave where the river could not reclaim them and where they became petrified. He then spent centuries searching for the tree to lift his own curse. But unable to find it without the arrowhead, he had finally given up. He decided to build a town next to the river, he made and lost friends and eventually decides to build a boat and give jungle cruises as well as taking in stray kitties all of which were named Proxima.
Lily's younger brother who works as her assistant. He confesses to Frank that Lily stood by him when his family nearly disowned him after he refused to marry, as his interest lies "elsewhere". Lily hired him and allowed him to stay with her so he could support himself. A somewhat foppish snob who adheres to proper etiquette and prefers wearing three-piece suits. He seems ill-suited to jungle life, but gradually develops into a more confident, rugged man by the end of the expedition.
Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney's Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank's questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila-his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities-possessing the power to change the future of medicine.
Joachim gets word of Lily's escape and Frank's cruise ship, so he orders his men to arm the cannon so that he can sink the boat. He fails to sink them with the cannons, so he launches torpedos instead. His torpedos miss them due to Frank crashing into one of Nilo's boat docks and Joachim crashes into another dock after a rope gets stuck within one of the propellers. This caused Nilo to scream Frank's name.
Along the way the group will come across obstacles and dangerous encounters, as many creatures in the forest and the jungle itself are trying to kill them. To make matters worse, they are not the only ones searching for the Tree of Life, and supernatural beings and curses will stand in their way. This action-adventure and comedy movie was released in the summer of 2021.
But soon enough, you see the pair exiting the train station and entering the city of Porta Velho in the Amazon. This is where they begin their search for a skipper who can take them into the jungle by boat and can finally begin their quest for the Tree of Life.
During this scene, we are brought through the jungle and eventually arrive back at Porto Velho, Brazil. Believe it or not, but the city where Frank concludes his boat tour was not filmed in Brazil and does not actually exist. Instead, the film crew spent nearly six months creating the set at the Kapaia Reservoir in Kauai, Hawaii. The set was massive but was definitely worth the effort for one of the funniest scenes in Jungle Cruise. After filming was finished, the set was taken away and the area was restored to its previous use as a reservoir. It is located on private property, so if you want to visit in person you will need to contact the owners of the land.
Now that we have been introduced to all of the main characters, it is time to begin our adventure into the jungle and closer to finding the Tree of Life. Lily and Frank agree on a price and she insists that they leave for the Lagrimas de Cristal, the site where the Tree is supposedly located, right away. However, their departure from the harbor will prove to be the first obstacle on their journey and is one of the best Jungle Cruise action scenes.
The Tears of the Moon is a tree somewhere along the Amazon River in Brazil that has magical healing powers that can cure any illness or remove any curse. In 1556, a Spanish conquistador, Don Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez), is sent to find the Tears of the Moon, but is unsuccessful. Flash forward to 1916 where Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her brother McGregor (Jack Whitehall) head to Brazil to find the Tears of the Moon. They hire jungle boat captain Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to take them deep into the jungle on the Amazon to where they believe the Tears of the Moon is located. Hot on their tracks is a Nazi, Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) and his crew.
In the scene where we see the actors in the village with the Conquistadors befriending the villagers and we see birds in cages and dogs in the background, prior to filming the trainers placed the birds in wicker cages and made sure they were placed in the shade and given water. Likewise for the dogs, the trainers placed treats on the ground to keep them on their marks. In that same sequence where we see Conquistadors leading horses through jungle with a cart, the horses were movie horses and well trained. Their trainer dressed as a soldier. The cart and cannon were fake and lightweight. 041b061a72