A fun and exciting film with lots of adventure and romance in the jungles of Columbia. This film does have something for everyone as long as you are not a person that has to have a CG shot everywhere. There were not computer graphics used in this film and the one special effect was that of the lighting of the stone and that was done in post production and by hand. They just don’t make them like this any more where all the shots were real and everything was done by an actual person and many times by the actors themselves. It is that attention to the film that really shines in this romantic comedy by Michael Douglas Productions.
Joan Wilder played by Kathleen Turner is a successful romance writer living in New York City with her only companion, Romeo, a big orange and white cat that she spoils. She has written several novels about her fictitious hero Jessie that is always coming to the rescue of Angelina. One of the main reasons she is still alone is the fact that no one has lived up to her vision of Jessie. She wants to be the Angelina that Jessie saves but live is just not working out that way for her so she writes about it instead. When the film starts she is just finishing one of those books to get to her publisher. On the way out the door she gets the mail with a letter that is from her recently murdered brother-in-law.
Her sister Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor) is kidnapped by one of the 2 parties that are looking for the contents of the letter that Joan receives. In the package is a map to El Corazon, giant jewel worth a fortune, to who ever can find it first. Elaine is forced to call her sister to come to Columbia to give the map to Ralph (Danny DeVito) and Ira (Zack Norman) so that she can go free. This was right after Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) had trashed Joan’s apartment looking for the map. Wanting to save her sister she agrees to go to Columbia and meet the men at the Hotel Cartagena in Cartagena. This is a big deal for her as she has never really traveled anywhere and almost always gets sick traveling.
Where thing go wrong in a very bad way starts just after she is exiting the airport. She is trying to find a bus to Cartagena and is instead directed to the wrong bus by Zolo. She doesn’t find out till she is over 200 miles away on top of a mounting in the middle of the jungle. It is her trying to converse with the bus driver that causes it to crash into the jeep of Jack T. Colton played by Michael Douglas, a bird poacher just trying to get enough money to buy a boat. The two of them meet right after a shootout between Zolo and Jack. After he pulls her out from under the bus he agrees to help her to town in exchange for $375 dollars in American Express Traveler’s Checks. Promised to help but not to port her luggage or carry anything of hers. He even throws her suitcase over the side of the mountain and cuts the heels off of her shoes so that they can make better time.
The two of them wind up being shot at, soaked in the rain, sliding off a mountain and jumping a river and more before the end of the film. It is a wild ride to get her and the map back to Ira and Ralph with Zolo dogging them every step of the way. This is a film that is definitely worth watching and even better to watch with your girlfriend, wife or significant other. Both of you will laugh and might even cry as you watch the two characters be drawn together in this fun romantic comedy of adventure. This is a film that you will always be able to remember and want to watch again.
I give this film a Musing review of