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Khan Chittenden wonders where all the dialogue came down.
Khan Chittenden wonders where all the dialogue came down.

This persuasive argument for variable ticket pricing sees Khan Chittenden playing Jim, an Australian pilot shot down near Singapore in WWII. He lands in the jungle and spends the rest of the movie blundering around it, dodging Japanese patrols and running into Chinese-Singaporean resistance fighter Seng.

Neither speaks the other’s language, so there’s minimal dialogue. This is not exactly a visual feast, either, so most of the atmosphere is provided by the rich soundscape.

It’s not enough to sustain even 84 minutes of negligible plot. Both leads do the best they can with sweating and looking anxious, and there are a couple of homoerotic hints thrown in, but a lot more could have been done with the whole thing. 5/10

Released April 24, 2014.

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