Adventure / Drama / Horror / Thriller

IMDb Rating 5.9 10 6502

wild animal

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Top cast

Idris Elba as Dr. Nate Samuels
Sharlto Copley as Martin Battles
Iyana Halley as Meredith Samuels
Leah Jeffries as Norah Samuels

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FeastMode 2 / 10

The writers/director clearly have never owned a cat

Other headlines I thought about using are "Rooting for the lion" and simply "Idiots." This movie is so dumb. And this is coming from someone who frequently enjoys dumb stuff. I'm the target audience for this type of movie. Yet I couldn't stop noticing how dumb everything was.

And there is a variety of dumb. The most obvious are the idiots that fill this movie. It's staggering the amount of times a character does the worst possible thing. Don't get me started on the forced family drama. It made me want the lion to eat them.

But the parts that annoyed me the most have to do with the lion. The people who made this movie either did zero research on lions, or didn't care and assumed the audience is stupid. They hope you don't know that cats can see in the dark. Or that cats can smell their prey. Or that cats have a keen sense of hearing.

(Infomercial voice) And that's not all! This lion can almost fit its entire head under a car, but doesn't use his arm to reach. Cats can reach at least half the length of their body with their arm. Also, this lion has a thousand chances for killshots and decides not to take them.

This is turning into a rant, but I can't help it. Cats are lethal predators. Even little house cats HUNT AND DESTROY without mercy. This lion has to be the worst lion in the history of lions. Apparently this lion's weakness is small knives. Ugh. That would be like fighting a linebacker with a needle.

Why not take advantage of the R-rating? This is the perfect kind of movie to go extra bloody and violent. But it's so tame. Why did they CG the humans in scenes with CG lions? It's very noticeable. Why is this listed as horror? It's not scary.

In conclusion... terrible movie. I left the theater thinking 3 stars, but after writing this review, it's a 2. (1 viewing, UltraScreen 8/23/2022)

Reviewed by AfricanBro 3 / 10

I was fuming

I had to rewrite this because the first one was more of a rant with spoilers. You know those moments someone attempts to be a hero and somebody else goes "you're either really brave, or really stupid", well this is full of the latter. All the main actors keep making the most illogical decisions and the beast hunting them's actions also didn't make sense. Somebody said the writers think we're stupid. Idris Elba deserves better than this, even he couldn't save it. The script sucked, tries to hold emotional weight at times but it either falls flat or feels forced, especially from the stubborn daughter. Camera work sucked too, it looked like it was filmed by a regular guy walking around with a camera, not a professional especially when following in tight spaces, it was unstable. At times, it's like those videos of a school fight and the person recording keeps moving around and it's just commotion. It also starts out like a horror and is full of jump scares, still deciding if that's a good thing or not. I however loved that they cast locals for this, because that "African accent" Hollywood likes to use bugs me because I've never met anyone who speaks like that; like some director in the 80's decided this is how we sound and Hollywood still oblivious to it years later. So points for the accent. But the movie's still not worth the watch, it's just a family with really bad survival instincts and I haven't been this infuriated during a movie in recent memory. One of those movies that makes you wanna reach into the screen and knock some sense into the characters.

Reviewed by MelvinTheCritic 4 / 10

Brought a Knife to a Lion Fight!

1. Idris sees his friend get chummy, up close and personal with a pride of lions -> IMMEDIATELY LEAVE because you have daughters and you're not risking a catastrophe. MOVIE OVER.

2. Idris sees a whole village mauled to death -> IMMEDIATELY LEAVE because you have daughters and you're not risking a catastrophe. MOVIE OVER.

3. Idris sees a bloody survivor on the way out -> PUT GUY IN CAR & IMMEDIATELY LEAVE because you have daughters and you're not risking a catastrophe. MOVIE OVER.

4. Idris' friend has lion bite and is about pass out -> SAY A PRAYER & IMMEDIATELY LEAVE because you have daughters and you're not risking a catastrophe. MOVIE OVER.

5. Stopping to sew everyone up.

6. Attending to daughters wounds instead of driving away IMMEDIATELY.

7. Attending to daughters wounds instead of securing the poacher's building IMMEDIATELY.

8. Going to fight a lion with a knife.

9. Surviving a fight with a lion for more than 3 seconds.

10. Getting 2 stabs in on the lion with a knife.

11. Lion shakes off the car drop off a cliff.

12. Lion shakes off being lit on fire.

13. Lion shakes off group of poachers firing at him with semi-automatic and automatic rifles.

14. Lion finds them after they drive away in a vehicle for presumably miles.

15. Vehicle low on gas, so let's stop.

16. Girls do whatever they want. Defiant. Unbothered. But then scared at times.

17. Girl stabs the lion with a tranquilizer.

18. Kicking the lion in the face works repeatedly.

19. Lions baiting traps.

20. Lions avenging their pride.

21. Lions murdering people.

22. I could keep going, but why?

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