An American businessman searches the Amazon rainforest for the Indian tribe that he believes has kidnapped his son and begins to understand the damage that a dam project is exacting on the forest and on its people.
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It's breathtaking and such, but it feels like Boorman might have not directed it because most of it is spoken in the language of Amazon Indians (which makes it fascinating besides the people themselves). (3.5 out of 5)
There was this quiet and more cohesive film from John Boorman long before the mediocre pastiche and box office sensation of "Avatar". Adventure and drama set in the amazonia, following the lines of Ford's "The Searchers" but adding an ecological denounce that does not fall in preachment, but remains powerful. Cinematography is breathtaking.
Predator ? (je n'ai pas vu the Emerald Forest, mais la bande annonce me fait penser au McTiernan, sorti deux deux ans après. Et pourquoi pas une cycle de Forêt (qui trouble), en rassemblant La Mort en ce jardin, Tropical Malady, The Most Dangerous Game, Princesse Mononoké, Wind Across the Everglades, Apocalypse Now, The Village, Aguirre, The Evil Dead, Rambo, pour commencer-)
My feelings of white guilt have generally come from the embarrassment of witnessing amiable idiots patronise a perceived Other into absurdity. It's nice to come across a film that treats persons of pre-Columbian culture as human beings rather than like some kind of endangered Aves. The plot does not always flow smoothly, but this is still a very enjoyable work, alternately rivetingly relaxing and relaxingly riveting.