The Emerald Forest

1985

Action / Adventure / Drama

71
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 8322

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Powers Boothe as Bill Markham
Meg Foster as Jean Markham
Estee Chandler as Heather
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Aleksandar Sarkic 8 / 10

The movie that will change your worldview perspective

"The Emerald Forest" is definitely the best movie i have watched from John Boorman so far, beautifully shot-ed, with great story and atmosphere. Photography in this movie is just wonderful, you really have a feeling that your are there in amazonian rain-forests with native uncontacted tribes. Son of John Boorman, Charley, who is nowdays more known as TV presenter and world traveler done great job portraying boy Tommy or Tomme the main protagonist of this movie, he is so convincing, other cast is also nice especially people who portrayed local native indians, i am not sure that they are really people from tribes or ordinary actors but they have done great job. Rituals of the native tribes really looks convincing. The most i like about this movie is some dreamlike atmosphere, very mystical and spiritual, you also have elements of adventure, drama and even cheesy 80s action but that is not bad thing, also goes well with the movie. The message of the movie is so nice and clear, maybe that uncontacted tribes are living more moral lives than us, and that their souls are clear from all dirty things of modern capitalist life. It is so sad to see we are destroying amazon and its native peoples, this movie is filmed in 1985 and in that time situation was bad, i can presume just how looks Amazon nowdays, with this degradation Amazon will be no more in 100 years, and for the tribes they will be all destroyed or assimilated in different cultures. I really recommend this movie, if you are fan of movie with the message, atmosphere, and even action and adventure this is for you, it is really sad to see that small interest in this one and low grade of 6.9 it deserves 8.

Reviewed by funkyfry 4 / 10

Senstional jungle epic by Boorman falls flat

When this movie first came out, I was a kid, and to me it was pretty interesting and eye-opening. Certainly compared to doing homework and my paper route in the suburbs, this kid was pretty lucky to get kidnapped by "indians". He got to hang out and swim with naked girls, hunt animals, and fight. There's definitely some wish fulfillment and some fantasy in the film, which presents itself as a sort of "heart of darkness" tale of the encounter between civilization and nature.

That's a good starting point, perhaps, for the problems with the film. We have basically 2 tribes, and one of them likes to take lots of drugs and have lots of sex, while the other one is brutal and cannibalistic. This neatly ties the 2 dominant ways that white colonists tend to look at indigenous cultures into a concrete dichotomy: the noble savage vs. the cannibal savage. Also interestingly, the film shows the father figure (Powers Boothe) as a would-be white savior, but his attempts to blow up the dam with dynamite are preempted by the magic of the noble tribesmen. Regardless of the political appeal of this conclusion, the film doesn't really offer any kind of answers for what is to be done to save the rain forests or the indigenous peoples or, more importantly, to help them save themselves by any means other than frogs and magic. It's just, like "Medicine Man" and other films of this type, using the "jungle" and its inhabitants as a means of drawing the audience in and giving us a fantasy version of indigenous life.

The cast in the film is notably poor, especially Boorman's son Charley, who plays the kidnapped boy as an adolescent. To be fair, the script demands an awful lot of Charley Boorman, but he can't really deliver much of it. Meg Foster barely registers, and the film in general has a very paternalistic and patriarchal tone, almost totally concerned with the relationship between men who are fathers and sons.

If, like me, you have fond memories of this one from your childhood, perhaps it's best to just leave them there. The film is very well- photographed, but all the scenes with "wild" animals look like somebody put the animals right there to be photographed. It suffers very greatly compared to, say, Herzog's films like "Fitzcarraldo" where instead of inserting tropical animals just to provide some momentary visual interest, the jungle even in its dangers is allowed to become "normal." We feel as if the tribes in Boorman's film live within a vacation destination or a zoo.

It's also well-directed, but in the sensational way that Boorman seems to only know how. If you look at some of Boorman's other films, like "Zardoz" and "Excalibur", you'll see that he sort of lets actors do whatever they want, resulting in the more experienced actors totally dominating all the film's energy (arguably, in "Excalibur", that's part of the design of the film). Here, we have no real actors. While Boothe has a nice low-key demeanor, that only makes it more ridiculous when he grabs a machine gun and starts killing the "bad" natives like he was your average 80s action hero.

It's somewhat of an admirable effort, considering how many other films you could see in the 80s that didn't offer the sort of escapist adventure, nor any of the message of this film -- however, it's deeply and intrinsically flawed and does not make up for in drama what it lacks in realism.

Reviewed by sukhan-22-768673 1 / 10

Racist ethnocentric bullshit movie with good rain forest shots

Pelo amor de deus, this movie is certainly one of the most racist and ethnocentric movies ever made. Hard to believe that it is from 1985 and not 1885. Boorman illustrated the average white "civilized" persons imagination of "primitive" tribes who by and large behave like a bunch of monkeys. Or, worse than that, cannibalistic monkeys who disguise like African zombies from another white mans fantasy. The acting is so poor and clumsy that it is almost comical, and, worst of all, the fake "Indian" language is just a slightly distorted English with even the exact same amount of syllables as the English sentence would have. This movie so utterly ridiculous - and discriminatory - that its stupid colonialist disdainfulness towards indigenous people almost completely destroys its somewhat ecological message.

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