The Rock’s highly anticipated new adventure-comedy Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will screen early for Amazon Prime members. A standalone sequel to the hit 1995 Robin Williams film Jumanji, Welcome to the Jungle sees the devious titular game take a new form in order to try and lure in players after spending 20 years on a shelf. Instead of a board game, Jumanji is now a video game, and begins its danger-filled legacy anew after being discovered by four teenagers cleaning out their school’s basement while serving detention.
Each teen Jumanji player is then sucked into the game, similar to how Robin Williams’ Alan Parrish was in the beginning of the original film. Unlike the first Jumanji – which took place entirely in the real world, and brought Jumanji’s jungle inhabitants into 90s suburbia – Welcome to the Jungle thrusts both its characters and viewers into the wild jungle world that Alan had to learn to survive in for over 20 years of his life.
Along with being transported into the world of Jumanji, the four teens are also transformed into the in-game avatar of their choosing. Said avatars are played by a quartet of stars, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. Early social media reactions to the film have been quite positive, and for those looking to experience it weeks before its general release date, Amazon Prime is offering members the chance to purchase tickets to an exclusive early screening. Tickets can be purchased via this website.
The early screenings will be held on December 8 at 7pm, at more than 1000 theaters nationwide. Prime members are able to purchase up to 10 tickets, so even if one isn’t a prime member, they still might get to see the film early if they have a nice friend or relative who is. At a smaller subset of the participating theaters, attendees will receive the Amazon “blue carpet” experience, which will feature a a Jumanji-themed photo booth, and variety of Amazon-related giveaways and promotions, including the opportunity to get devices delivered via the Prime Now 1-2 hour delivery service.
This Jumanji early screening event is the first of its kind to be offered to Amazon Prime subscribers, but if it goes well, one presumes it won’t be the last. If early access to big movies becomes an ongoing perk Amazon sees fit to offer their members, it seems likely that subscription levels will be going up pretty soon.
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