Directed by Peter Berg, starring The Rock, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken.

Tired of a life as muscle for the bookie he owes money to, Beck (The Rock) wants to open his own restaurant. But just when he thinks he's paid off the debt, along comes one last job to wipe the slate clean. His boss' son Travis (Scott), a college dropout and wannabe adventurer, is hiding out down in Brazil and must be brought back in order to square a dispute with a mob family.

How much trouble can a misfit dreamer be? Lots. When Beck arrives in the gold mining town of El 'Hell' Dorado, he finds it's run by a vicious overlord (Walken, hamming it up with stop-start sentences galore) who won't let the crafty Travis go anywhere because he's the only one who knows the location of a hidden mythical treasure.

Berg wrote and directed the very cool black comedy 'Very Bad Things', which makes this mess even harder to accept. Despite the onscreen charisma of The Rock and Scott and some well-worked fights, 'Welcome to the Jungle' is a bundle of clichés and a film which either suggests that a lot of the story didn't make it to the screen or that there wasn't very much to begin with. It's 'Midnight Run' with added insects (The Rock wanting to own a restaurant, Scott advising him against it - where have you seen that one before?) but with only a twentieth of the humour and a hundredth of the charm.

As a kids' TV series this might be acceptable, as an action movie it's a huge no-no. And not even a blast of the Guns 'n' Roses song!

Harry Guerin