- 1 hr 32 min
Heatstroke is a thrilling adventure drama that tells the story of Paul, a scientist who decides to take his teenage daughter Josie on a research trip to Africa, hoping to reconnect with her after a long absence. The film, released in 2013, features Stephen Dorff as Paul, Maisie Williams as Josie, and Svetlana Metkina as Tally, their guide through the wilderness.
The journey takes a dramatic turn when the trio decides to take a detour to visit an abandoned former military base. There, they encounter a group of ruthless poachers who have been killing endangered animals for their valuable hides and tusks. The poachers, led by the intimidating leader Grainger (played by Peter Stormare), take the father-daughter duo and Tally captive, forcing them into a game of cat-and-mouse through the unforgiving African wilderness.
As the group follows the poachers deeper into the wilderness, they face numerous challenges, including sudden rainstorms, unforgiving desert landscapes, and deadly wildlife such as snakes and scorpions. Despite the danger, Paul never loses hope of rescuing his daughter from the clutches of the poachers. With the help of Tally and his resourcefulness as a scientist, Paul begins to plot a daring escape plan for himself and Josie, all while remaining one step ahead of Grainger and his men.
Despite the tense atmosphere throughout the movie, there are moments of levity and lightheartedness as the initially estranged father and daughter begin to reconnect as they work together to survive. Maisie Williams, in particular, is a standout performer with her natural charisma and energetic presence that bring a much-needed sense of teenage energy and humor to the film.
The movie is well-paced and beautifully shot, with stunning landscapes that perfectly capture the rugged beauty of the African wilderness. The action sequences are intense and well-choreographed, and the film maintains an overall sense of suspense and danger that keeps the audience engaged from start to finish.
Heatstroke is ultimately a story of survival, courage, and determination in the face of danger and adversity. Despite being set within the harsh and unrelenting landscape of the African wilderness, the movie has a relatable and human heart that makes it an engaging and enjoyable watch. Whether you are looking for an action-packed adventure movie or a touching story of family and resilience, Heatstroke is a film that is sure to deliver.
Heatstroke is a 2014 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.8.