Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Movie
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WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
When wild animals escape from a sanctuary, Bear Grylls – and you – must pursue them and secure their protective habitat.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
You know the person who dishes out random facts about animals when absolutely nobody has asked? That's me.
I've always been intrigued by shows about the wild, and as a kid, would find myself glued to National Geographic every Sunday afternoon.
There was only one thing I loved more than learning about animals – learning how to survive if I ever got stranded in the wild with nothing but the clothes on my back.
Not sure how often this actually happens, but if it did, let's just say I'd be prepared.
I don't think I need to tell you then, that I'm a huge Bear Grylls fan – I watch his shows, take mental notes, and know to look away when he picks up a gigantic bug and says that it's a great source of protein (this usually means he's about to chow down on something gross).
So when I spotted this show on Netflix, without even thinking about it, I clicked. A You vs Wild Movie – these words had me intrigued. Finally, I would be able to show off my survival skills, and to Bear Grylls no less.
I have not spotted many interactive/"choose your own adventure" movies or series on Netflix. In fact, this is the first one I've come across. Though, upon further inspection, I realised there are a few others out there too.
The film starts with Bear at a nature reserve in South Africa. He gives you a scenario, three obstacles in the wild he has to overcome, and you decide where he goes next and what he does in order to reach his goal and make it out alive. Think Dora the Explorer, but for adults.
Options pop up on your screen, and you have only a few seconds to tell Bear what his next move should be. It's high stakes and fills me with a sense of excitement every time the choice is left in my hands. Pick the right one, and you help the host successfully complete a task. Choose the wrong option, and you could accidentally put his life in a dangerous position. Yes, I'll admit, there was a point where I screamed out in fear: "Oh no, I think I killed Bear Grylls!" Fortunately, he knew what to do to get himself out of the tricky situation I accidentally put him in.
The movie is only 45 minutes long, and the great thing is you can always go back and change your answers. Every time you choose a different option, you get a different outcome and may face different challenges.
While interactive TV like this is thrilling, I was distracted by a couple of glitches throughout. I found that the sound would skip ahead of the picture at certain points and in order to remedy the problem I'd have to go back 10 seconds to help it sync up again. This could have been an issue with my internet connection, but even when I switched to a different source, it persisted. Still, it was not enough to deter me from finishing the film.
If you've ever watched nature/survival shows and wanted to know how you would react if you only had 10 seconds to make a life-changing decision, give this movie a try. If anything, it will at least be a fun distraction on a particularly stressful day.
By the way, I'm pleased to announce that I kept Bear Grylls alive. With my "help", he was able to track down an escaped lion and baboon and restore power to the game reserve's electric fence.
Even if it took me more than one try.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE: