Junglee, directed by Chuck Russell can be new in its approach towards action but contains a similar story like all the other animal rescue movies. I think soon the 'Animal Rescue' is going to be a new-genre in the industry where we can't judge the story because we know how it is going to roll in the end , we just have to judge it on the basis of whatever new action we see in the film only.
The movie starts with a quick introduction to Elephant sanctuary in Odhisha and then jumps directly to Mumbai where Raj (Vidyut Jammwal) is an animal doctor (who is also a gym enthusiast / Tarzan / Mowgli after he becomes an adult), is approached by a journalist Meera (Asha Bhat) who wants to interview Raj and his father for maintaining an Elephant sanctuary. On reaching there, he sees everything is changed and not many people are taking care of Elephants. He meets with his few old friends , Shankara (Pooja Sawant), Dev (Akshay Oberoi) and Bhola the Elephant who’s now the king of the jungle. Bhola is hunted by the tusks smugglers of Taiwan. And then the movie is all about how Raj saves Bhola from the bad guys.
The CGI and action sequences are new and that what saves the film from completely drowning. But there is nothing new to the story. It is more like an altered version of Jurassic World (2015) where the giants aren't dinosaurs but elephants. The film tries to give a social message but that's what 2.0 did without an impactful story. There has to something different even a different execution could have made the film unique. Because there are plenty movies with same underlined story and execution. Filmmakers have to understand that having a social message cant be your whole story of the movie. There isn't much emotional connect and sometimes the setting of the film might indicate that movie was made for a different purpose altogether like you can always see Vidyut's body shining in the dark as if he is a god of the jungle or the movie would slowly progress to a making out scene between Vidyut and Pooja in the end but thankfully it doesn't.
Acting , oh sorry 'action' by Vidyut Jammwal was fantastic. Other actors like Atul Kulkarni , Akshay Oberoi and Pooja Sawant all did a good job in their role of over-acting. Scripting looked forceful as if dialogues were forced to suit the structure of the film. Direction can be seen accurate only in the action sequences otherwise it was a blunder. Cinematography was okay at some places, an over-decorated setting made the overall movie look bad. Music isn't impressive at all.
Overall , good action sequences can be enjoyed by the audience but the overall story isn't impressive.
Acting - 1.5 / 5
Direction - 2 / 5
Script - 1.5 / 5
Cinematography - 2 / 5.
Music - 1.5 / 5.
Final Verdict - 1.5 / 5.
Skip it if you aren't an action lover.