|HEATSTROKE (director/writer: Evelyn Maude Purcell; screenwriters: novel Leave No Traceby Hannah Nyala/Anne Brooksbank; cinematographer: Ben Nott; editor: Ronelle Loots; music: Paul Haslinger; cast: (Paul O’Malley), Maisie Williams (Josie), Svetlana Metkina (Tally), Peter Stomare (Mallick), Warric Grier (Bodley), Jeanne Nielson (Miriam), Andrew Roux (Dib); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: David Lancaster /Michel Litvak; Phase 4 Films; 2013)|
mediocre survival thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
The divorced Paul O’Malley () is on a research expedition in South Africa. He takes with him his beautiful Russian girlfriend Tally (Svetlana Metkina). He also takes along his sullen bratty teenage daughter Josie (Maisie Williams) because her mom (Jeanne Neilson) asked him to. In Africa, Tally and Jo clash. When Paul veers off course, he's murdered by an arms gang led by Mallick (Peter Stomare). The girls are now alone in the desert without transportation, trying to avoid the dangerous criminals and survive.
The film has little going for it as far as story and credible action scenes, but it does set an eerie threatening desert atmosphere.
REVIEWED ON 6/28/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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