ENDANGERED SPECIES (2021) Reviews of Kenyan survival thriller

 

‘Far from home. Far from safety. Far from over.’

Endangered Species is a 2021 Kenyan survival thriller in which vacationers on safari in Africa are attacked and become the prey.

Directed by MJ Bassett (Rogue; Ash vs. Evil Dead; Wilderness; Silent Hill: Revelation 3D; Deathwatch) from a screenplay co-written with Isabel Bassett, based on a story by Paul Chronnell. The movie stars Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Phillip Winchester, Michael Johnston and Chris Fisher.

Plot:

Jack Halsey (Philip Winchester) takes his wife Lauren (Rebecca Romijn), their adult kids, and a friend for a dream vacation in Kenya, Africa.

However, as they venture off alone into a wilderness park, their safari van is flipped over by an angry rhino, leaving them injured and desperate. Then, as two of them go in search of rescue, a bloody, vicious encounter with a leopard and a clan of hyenas incites a desperate fight for survival…

Reviews:

“Accounting for bad acting, flimsy and forced plotting, boring family drama, shoddy special effects, and some bare minimum competent chases, quite literally the only thing Endangered Species has going forward is good intentions and the occasional breathtaking view […] Sure, the poachers are evil b@stards, but this family of idiots is only easier to root for by a smidge.” Flickering Myth

“The poaching angle eventually becomes Bassett’s point with Endangered Species. It’s a sincere message, obviously, but one that’s overshadowed and diminished by the movie’s cheap construction and even cheaper execution.” Mark Reviews Movies

” …the film, in general, seems to misjudge the extent to which we’ll root for the reconciliatory survival of what one figure too-aptly pegs as an “arrogant American family.” Consequently, some of the later sentimental bathos amid violent melodrama may strike viewers as inadvertently hilarious, lending this wilderness tale a degree of extra entertainment value it did not intend.” Variety

Endangered Species is a step up from Rogue as it depicts a family in the biggest fight of survival against nature, poachers, and even themselves in the midst of things. A great ensemble cast highlights this genre film with a message.” World Film Geek

Cast and characters:

Rebecca Romijn … Lauren Halsey
Philip Winchester … Jack Halsey
Isabel Bassett … Zoe Halsey
Michael Johnston … Noah Halsey
Chris Fisher … BIlly Mason
Jerry O’Connell … Mitch Hanover
Brenda Ngeso … Ndiliswa
George Glenn Ouma … Charlie
Aseem Sharma … Aya
Pritul Raithatha … Dirk Venter
Stephen Adogo … Lucas
Danica Davis … Medic #1
Kirk Fonda … Nuru
Isaac Naiganya … Uniformed Guard
Matthew Owiti … Car Guy

Technical details:

101 minutes

Trailer:

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