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Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Frequent peril in stale survival sequel.

Movie PG 2016 91 minutes
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This is a ludicrous family adventure movie with unintentionally hilarious dialogue. Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti is a sequel that is pretty much the same story as the original Against the Wild, only substituting setting, different tween siblings, and the manner in which the kids get lost in the wilderness with Chinook, the Alaskan Malamute. In this movie, Chinook avoids a dazzle of zebras, a cheetah running at top speed, a hissing cobra, and a ravenous crocodile on the verge of eating Ryan. For their part, these kids, cut up and bruised and suffering dehydration-fueled mirages of their mother, take on hyenas, a lion, an angry elephant, and the aforementioned crocodile, prompting Ryan to exclaim somewhere around Act 3: "Africa has tried to kill us like fifty times!"

Perhaps the best that can be said about this is that the action, as ridiculous as it is, is reminiscent in mostly good ways of the old "cliffhanger" serials and movies from decades gone by that involved adventure and danger in the wilds of Africa, but without the blatant racism that also defined those serials and movies. Nonetheless, it's still not a great movie, and the dialogue includes some unintentionally hilarious moments. For instance, upon arriving in Africa, the mom, played by Jeri Ryan, informs all present that "I can't stand the thought of losing both our children!" in case you weren't sure of her motivations. Later, the dad wants his wife, the search parties, and the audience to know that "I won't give up. Not by a long shot!" It's unintended entertainment for what is otherwise an uninspired movie.

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