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TV-14 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 4 July 2014 (USA)
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On a family trip in the African desert, a research scientist unintentionally travels off course and is brutally murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend is put to the ultimate survival ... See full summary »


Evelyn Purcell (as Evelyn Maude Purcell)


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Credited cast:
Stephen Dorff ... Paul
Svetlana Metkina ... Tally
Maisie Williams ... Josie
Peter Stormare ... Mallick
Warrick Grier Warrick Grier ... Bodley
Calvin Hayward Calvin Hayward ... Foy
Jeanne Neilson ... Miriam (as Jeanne Nielson)
Ndalo Stofile Ndalo Stofile ... Nurse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Roux ... Dib


On a family trip in the African desert, a research scientist unintentionally travels off course and is brutally murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend is put to the ultimate survival test as she attempts to evade the killers and protect his teenage daughter. Written by crew

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Run. Fight. Survive. The hunt is on.


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South Africa

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[first lines]
Paul: [lecturing] Most people think of hyenas as cowardly scavengers - waiting around impotently for left overs, while the stronger faster animals eat their fill. They're wrong. There's a lot more to them than that. Look at them.
[indicating video footage]
Paul: Hyenas are fierce hunters. They're all muscle and teeth. Their top speed in about 35 miles an hour.
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An uneven effort that succeeds at some levels - the deep faults are surprisingly ignorable
25 October 2014 | by lhunt-9See all my reviews

OK. Let's start with the weaknesses. Formulaic plot. Jarring gaps in narrative. Stereotyped bad guys. Dumb behaviour causing the thematic problem. Now that that's out of the way, the scenery is fascinating, and the two female leads are absolutely fine in carrying out their roles. This is a part of the world we rarely see in film, and the settings are edifying. Also, the scientific material on hyenas is very interesting, and the development of a theme around their behaviour is pretty clever. This is a deeply flawed movie, but I didn't find it that hard to watch, and my memories of having seen it are mostly positive. It's worth watching if you're interested in African settings, animal behaviour and/or general adventure themes.

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