Remember those “Choose Your Own Adventure” books when you were a kid? Once in a while, you stumble upon a movie version where you get to pick the ending.
Bear Grylls' new Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Interactive Movie on Netflix is just that—a Choose Your Own Adventure movie!
Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Interactive Movie Review
In Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Interactive Movie, Bear Grylls is called when there’s a power outage at a safari reserve. It's time to put your survival skills to the test because British Adventurer Bear Grylls needs your help! The situation at the safari reserve is dire: an escaped lion is headed for a nearby village; a baboon has broken free and is going towards the sea cliffs, and the power must be restored before more animals escape.
What Works in Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild
Similar in concept to the 2019 “You vs. Wild” 8-episode series on Netflix that is also produced by Grylls, the Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild movie is interactive in that you get to choose which missions Grylls chooses to complete the adventure and survive the wild.
As an adult, the whole choose your own adventure concept is nostalgic and fun.
As a family, it was fun to be able to choose which tasks to have Grylls complete. Depending on your choices, you can have a different movie each time.
What Doesn't Work in Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild
My teens like the show. There were definitely some moments where we all thought things were a bit unrealistic, but at the same time realize that Grylls probably wasn't in any real danger in making the movie (no one was going to let him get maimed by a lion in an enclosed reserve for the making on a movie).
If you have a super weak stomach, this movie probably isn't for you. There are some scenes like one with a leech that gets a little gross. So if gross bug/guts/creature things aren't your jam, maybe this is a skip for you, or at least that mission.
And speaking of missions. The movie seems to go on forever, as in loops forever. It never really seemed to end. It just kept letting us pick a new mission, even though we would end up repeating them over and over, so there never seemed to be a resolution or “end.” We finally just turned the movie off.
All in all, it's a fun family watch, especially if you're a fan of Bear Grylls and his other works like “Man vs. Wild” and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls.”
About Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild on Netflix
Bear Grylls returns with Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild movie, an exciting 90-minute interactive movie for the whole family. The protective fence surrounding a wildlife sanctuary has mysteriously suffered a breach, and now animals are on the loose. Bear is called in to help rescue a mischievous baboon, track down a hungry lion, and fix the fence before any more animals get out. Three urgent missions await you with only so much time and Bear needs your help. With the possibility of completing a secret mission, each decision impacts this interactive adventure, so make your choices count!