Title: The Treasure of the Amazon

Also known as:
El tesoro del Amazonas (Mexico)
Greed
Blutgericht am Amazonas (Germany)

Year: 1985

Genre: Jungle-Adventure/Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 104 min

Director: René Cardona Jr.

Writer: René Cardona Jr. & Jacques Wilson

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090200/

Plot:
A treasure is hidden in the Amazon, and a group of people set out to find it. Rivality, betrayal and animal attacks are only some of the problems they stumble upon on their quest to get rich.

Our thoughts:
I'm not the biggest friend of jungle adventure movies, mostly because I usually want cannibals to partake in the fun if I watch one, which probably makes me a fan of cannibal movies, not jungle adventure movies. Well, knowing that all genres has good and bad movies I decided to check this one out when I got the opportunity to get a copy of it from CMV Laservision. It had gotten decent reviews from what I could find so I had my hopes up, but I didn't really get what I had hoped for.

This Mexican film starts out alright, and the plot outline isn't bad at all; a group of people set out to find a treasure in the jungle. Sure it's extremely typical, but that'll never be a negative thing in these films. Already from the get go, the film has plenty of dialog which I don't mind as long as you give a fudge about the things they say. And to my surprise I did! The first 10 or so minutes, that is.. After that it became stale and the dialog was nothing special. I wanted some adventure! I wanted some blood and action! Unfortunally it felt like almost nothing happened until a couple of minutes before the one hour mark. You could say it was building a story and characters, but if you ask me, an hour should be enough to give you atleast a fairly interesting story and maybe one character you care for. Nope, this wasn't the case. But while this movie doesn't have that, it does have a bit of blood and gore, and ladies who are naked for no reason. Or maybe girls all over the Amazon have their breasts out, I've never been there so I wouldn't know, but it kinda seems like they should have them covered. Yet here most of them ride around on horses with bare tits, not only savages. Don't get excited, they don't look too good. Aside from that, the film still does have a few entertaining moments which would be enough for jungle adventure fans to enjoy it.

The special effects aren't top notch but you'd never expect them to be from a film like this, so just be thankful you get to see some. We have some scenes involving animal attacks (my favorite being a scene where a man gets attacked by ALOT of crabs), and chopped heads and other body parts. It gets bloodier around the same time when things start happening; one hour mark. I couldn't call the film a gory or bloody film without being a complete liar, so I'll just leave it as film that contains gore and blood.

Maybe all the fans of jungle adventure movies out there will be hunting me down like savages (oh, that's right, the film does have savages!) after this review, but I'm sorry, it wasn't for me. It's a trashy 80's film that without a doubt will appeal to a crowd of people so it's not a film I will throw too much shit on. It did what most jungle adventure films do, so it's kinda in the genre. Personally it was one of the more decent ones that I've seen that doesn't contain plenty of cannibalism, even though that ain't saying too much. Decent ride that gets dragged down by too much dialog and too little action and exploitation. Blood and boobs are here, other interesting stuff are rarely present.


Positive things:
- Not the worst jungle adventure film I've seen.
- Has some blood and gore.
- Hugo Stiglitz is in the movie.
- Donald Pleasence is in the movie...
- ...as a mean ex-nazi or something along the lines.
- I don't think I've ever seen small rocks been used as flies in a movie before. Obviously a huge plus!
Negative things:
- Not my kind of film.
- Hugo Stiglitz doesn't have his fancy beard.

Rating:
Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 1/5

We got this movie from:
CMV-Laservision.de

It can be bought from:
Videodrome.se

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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