Endangered Species Parent Guide
It's impossible to care about the fates of any of the characters in this implausibly plotted disaster.
Parent Movie Review
The Halsey family have landed in Kenya, ready to go on the safari tour of a lifetime. Although Lauren (Rebecca Romijin) is much more excited about the trip than her husband, Jack (Philip Winchester), who would rather spend his off-time on a beach sipping cocktails, he’s agreed to try something new and exciting. But Zoe (Isabel Bassett) has brought her boyfriend Billy (Chris Fisher), who annoys both Jack and brother Noah (Michael Johnston).
Once at the safari park, the fractious family’s holiday starts to go off the rails. A delay at the park entrance led Jack to sneak the family into the park, meaning that no one knows where they are or where they’re going. When their van gets charged by a rhino, the Halseys find themselves in the middle of nowhere, with no water, transportation, or insulin for Lauren. With hyenas circling and no way to get the van running, they’re going to have to make a long and dangerous hike to find help – provided they live that long.
The only way Endangered Species can be even the littlest bit tense or stressful is if you like any of the characters, and that’s functionally impossible. Every single person in this movie is, in some way or another, so unfathomably stupid that there’s really no way to feel bad for them. If you see a guy digging a huge hole for no reason, you aren’t going to be surprised when he can’t climb out. You got yourself in there, bud. Figure it out. I spent the movie cheering for the leopard.
Despite the aggravating clichéd family drama subplot, this isn’t a good choice for family viewing. There is no small amount of profanity (including almost four dozen sexual expletives), and some very graphic scenes of people being injured and mauled by both wild animals and poachers. The filmmakers also decided to throw in a scene in which Zoe and Billy are implied to be taking
Which is a shame. The movie has a strong anti-poaching message, and I’m all for that. Poaching is a terrible crime, and anything that raises public awareness is probably for the best – but I cannot recommend watching this. The characters and the dialogue are implausibly asinine from start to finish, and unless you like feeling smarter than fictional characters, this is just going to drive you crazy.Directed by M.J. Bassett. Starring Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester, and Isabel Bassett . Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release May 28, 2021. Updated May 28, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Endangered Species rated R? Endangered Species is rated R by the MPAA for language, some violence and bloody images.
Violence: Characters are shown bloodied and severely injured following run ins with rhinos and leopards. Dead animals are seen. Several individuals are killed in a car wreck. A number of characters are shot and killed.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: There are 42 sexual expletives, 33 scatological terms, and frequent use of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Individuals are implied to be under the influence of salvia, a hallucinogen.
Page last updated May 28, 2021
Endangered Species Parents' Guide
To learn more about the problem of poaching in Africa and to find out how to help, you can read these articles.
National Geographic: Poaching animals, explained
World Wildlife Federation: Illegal Wildlife Trade
The New York Times: How to Stop Poaching and Protect Endangered Species?
World Wildlife Federation: Stopping Wildlife Crime