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Heatstroke

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3.5 out of 5 stars (28) IMDb 4.8/10

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

Starring:
Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Evelyn Purcell
Starring Stephen Dorff, Svetlana Metkina
Supporting actors Maisie Williams, Peter Stormare, Warrick Grier, Calvin Hayward, Jeanne Neilson, Ndalo Stofile, Andrew Roux
Studio Unavailable
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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"They looked like they needed help. He said they is a little off the desert." Paul (Dorff) and his girlfriend Tally are taking a trip to Africa. His daughter Josie (Williams) is having trouble with the new relationship and reluctantly is dragged along. Instantly Josie and Tally clash until Josie asks to be sent home. On the way to the airport something happens to Paul and it is up to Tally to protect Josie and find a way to get her home safe. This is a movie that is hard to review. The movie isn't bad and moved at a pretty good pace but on the other hand it is really a overdone concept. The thing that does set this apart from others though is that the woman is the one who has to protect someone. While this may seem like an action movie it is much more drama then I was expecting. I was hoping for something like In The Blood but instead got more of a hide and seek type movie. Not that that isn't a bad thing but it needed something else to keep it from feeling as flat as it did. Overall, nothing amazing but nothing awful either. Really just a movie to put in when you have nothing else to do. I give it a C+.
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Only those who have enjoyed Maisie Williams' seasons-long trek on HBO's Game of Thrones may find something notable about Heatstroke, a survival thriller in which she crosses the African desert with another adult companion. Otherwise the film, directed by Evelyn Purcell in her first feature since the '80s, fails to take proper advantage of the danger-rich environment full of evil poachers, wild hyenas, and Mother Nature's brutal hand. With little to offer but bland, generic characters and lukewarm shocks, the real act of survival is making it through Heatstroke all the way through to the end.

Stephen Dorff is Paul, an expert on hyenas who is gearing up for a trip to the wilds of Africa to study the predators, bringing along his hot, tough-as-nails Russian girlfriend, Tally (Svetlana Metkina), to help out. The film kicks off with Tally, looking battered and frayed by the sun, eluding mysterious adversaries in a Cessna, so we know she can hold her own. But is she tough enough to deal with a bratty American teenager? Paul's daughter, Jo (Williams), was caught with drugs and now she's been forced to tag along with Dad so he can keep an eye on her. Jo is a spoiled brat whose face is always buried in her Ipad or ears under headphones, and when she does bother to speak it's to complain about Dad's lover or the boring surroundings.

It's a fairly one-note performance by Williams as the bratty teen, and for much of the first half of Heatstroke it plays out like an especially arid family dispute, one with the occasional hyena passing through. But then a string of events involving poachers (led by the ever-boring Peter Stormare), a car crash, and a murder thrust Tally and Jo into one another's company where neither wants to be.
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Paul( Stephen Dorfff) lives, breathes, and teaches about hyenas. His girlfriend Tally (Svetlana Metkina) is a one woman Peace Corp traveling the globe helping people out wherever they need it. Paul is headed back to the grassland/desert with Tally when circumstances and his ex-wife demands he take his brooding 13 year old daughter, Jo ( Maisie Williams) with him. She of course creates internal conflict because Tally is to blame for her parents being apart, etc., etc.

As the film progresses, they come across poachers and are in a fight for their lives as they have seen and know too much. You know the formula.

This is the old two people are forced to bond in a bad situation action-drama. How well you like it is going to depend on how well you like or identify with the two lead female characters. There isn't much else happening. We needed something to bring the film full circle, i.e. something they said or did at the beginning of the film, saves them at the end...and it should concern a hyena...but it didn't.

Hyenas, poachers, and critters were the bigger problems than the heat which they seemed to handle effectively, but I guess "Heatstroke" tested better than "When Poachers Go Bad."

Parental Guide: Infrequent F-bomb, brief opening sex scene, no nudity. 2 1/2 stars
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It's worth watching, holds your interest AFTER the first 24 minutes which is to establish that dad and his girlfriend are studying hyenas and his tween daughter is a spoiled brat. So just start watching from the 23 minute mark and it gets good from there.
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She did well with the material she was given. But, she was definitely not Arya Stark (and wasn't supposed to be). Svetlana Metkina was convincing in her part (at least, by Hollywood standards). The Hollywood standards part is what really killed this effort. The director obviously decided to save a bunch of money by not employing anyone (AT ALL) who had even a remote knowledge of how to do violence (or much of anything dealing with realism). Or else she thought she knew what she was doing and didn't realize the depth of her ignorance. For example the garroting scene and the ensuing struggle was almost comical in its direction. Tally, when presented with the option to pick up a great battle rifle with which to defend herself and Jo, passes it up in favor of a stick. In fact, she favors the stick even though she has a pistol. An airplane is constantly flying over Tally or Tally and Jo as they walk or run across a flat open landscape and they wait until the plane is about 50 feet overhead before ducking behind a bush (this happens a lot). And they are not spotted. Except for a couple of times when the pilot says, "I think I saw something moving!". And all the others glance around and say, "Naaaaah, Nothing there." If you're a Stephen Dorff fan hoping to see him in action, you will be very disappointed. He's not in it much and when he is in it, well...he should have stayed home. I won't watch it again but I will pick up pretty much anything that Maisie plays a prominent part in just to see how she develops. She's putting in a lot of work and I hope it pays off.
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