Jungle Boy (1998) starring David Fox, Asif Mohammed Seth, Lea Moreno, Jeremy Roberts, Chippy Gangjee, Premlal, Ratan Thakore Grant directed by Allan A. Goldstein Movie Review

Jungle Boy (1998)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Jungle Boy (1998) starring David Fox, Asif Mohammed Seth, Lea Moreno, Jeremy Roberts

A Jungle Bore

During a festival a young Indian child follows a monkey into the nearby jungle where an encounter with a scary leopard causes him to become lost. The young child is Suresh and thanks to the spirit of the jungle is given the ability to speak to the animals who raise him as one of their own. All is well until one day he is challenged by the same leopard from many years earlier and when he uses fire to drive him back he breaks the jungle law and ends up banished. It is how he comes to meet archaeologist John Geller and his daughter Anna who take him in after he is banished by the animals and give him the name Krishna whilst teaching him to speak English. But his friendship leads them in to danger when they are kidnapped because Rajah Singh wants to force Krishna to use his ability to speak to animals for no good.

"Jungle Boy" was written by Ashok Amritraj a former tennis player but for me it comes across as a rewrite of Rudyard Kipling's famous "The Jungle Book" with many story similarities from a young boy raised by animals to a battle with a wild cat. That in itself isn't really an issue because the basic storyline is entertaining enough and has enough moments of action in there to keep audiences entertained.

Nope the trouble with "Jungle Boy" is that it is low budget, incredibly low budget and I find hard to believe that even the youngest of children would be able to take. From the fake talking animals to the very limited acting skills of the entire cast it is all incredibly weak. Even the action is weak and all it would have taken is some half decent action scenes to make it at least enjoyable.

What this all boils down to is that "Jungle Boy" is really a nothing movie with a familiar storyline and less than spectacular acting and action.