When I was a kid, I was embarresed. Later I was shocked. Much later I understood. "Banjo Duel", "Butt Scene",.."the whole other stuff"...disgusting. The arrogance, the so called civilization, "the money can buy attitude". Mr. Reynolds in one of his better roles. Great movie.
One of the most poetic horror sequences I've yet seen - that, of course, being the banjo duo - sets a tone for the entire film. Disturbing tension between country and city, morality and opportunism, laws of nature or those man made. And however underlying all of those topic may be, the film avoids preaching any of them, delivering instead a claustrophobia of their constant conflict.
Duellin' banjos, one of cinema's best musical moments.This thriller has similarities to "Straw Dogs" as this is about city people that angers country people who in return starts to rape and terrorize. Burt Reynolds has always acted better without his mustache and has seldom been better and Jon Voight do one of his strongest moments here. "Squeal like a pig", the most haunting, gruesome words any man will hear.
"Welcome to the Jungle" - A survival's tale in the worst place possible, where danger can appear in the most unexpected situations. A philosophical approach to the human condition in extreme scenarios, where the tension and instinct override the law and the normal functioning of social relations. In the end, probably, the wild animals won't be only those strange people that lurk on the banks of the river.
Burt Reynolds was one hot bear in this, I was not expecting that but he was complete eye candy... until he broke his leg. John Voight's Ed was the pussy turned hero. And the rape scene in the woods was so twisted... if only the rest of the film was able to maintain that high tension going. Oh well, overall a nice adventure thriller.
Pacing that is perfectly accompanied with outback landscapes and banjo theme, which by the end manages to sound chilling, slowly turns into horrific nightmare that lasts until the point of realization that it doesn't matter if the night is over. What remains, stays in the dark for the rest of the lifetime and the horror of not ever waking up is captured as one of the purest movie experiences.