Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti

Theatrical Release: February 26, 2016
DVD Release: May 10, 2016
Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti


Two kids and their dog must use all their skills to survive in the African bush after a plane crash.

Dove Review

“Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti” is a terrific film, showcasing the talents of two kids, not to mention one resourceful dog! Ella Ballentine plays young Emma Croft, and John Paul Ruttan plays her younger brother Ryan, and they are both good in their roles. They are set to ride a supply plane with a pilot named Roger Kruger (L.J. Urbani), along with a dog, an Alaskan Malamute, named Chinook, when something unexpected happens to the plane and they crash.

The kids are shaken up but okay, but the pilot, Kruger, is badly hurt and needs medical attention. The kids care for him the best they can, bandaging his wounds and giving him water, but finally Ryan decides they can’t be far from the mine they were heading to (to provide supplies) and he and Emma take off to find help, along with Chinook. They don’t know that they are in for an adventure that includes some nice moments like feeding a giraffe from a tree, but also some terrifying incidents, including fighting off a lion with torches at night and avoiding a zebra stampede, the heat, and a lack of water, just to name a few.

Their parents, Jennifer and Paul (Jeri Ryan and Ashley Dowds), solicit the help of Colonel Ibori (Hlomla Dandala) in their search for the crash site and their children. When they learn the local tribesman has rescued the pilot but the kids are nowhere to be found, their anguish mounts as they barely keep hope alive to find their kids, who are fighting not only terrible heat, but a number of creatures. This adventure is nicely presented, and we are more than happy to award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. If you like a good story and animals, this is the movie for you!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: OMG-4; "Dweeb"-1; "Duh"-1
Violence: A plane crash; a small amount of blood is visible on two kids and more on an adult, who is hurt but alive; plane is on fire and soon explodes; a scene of leopards attack an antelope, but the scene is brief and no blood is visible; kids fight off lions and hyenas with torches; a stampede of zebras, but kids are not hurt; a dog grabs a cobra in its mouth; what looks like a crocodile is shown in the water.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Native men are shirtless and in loin cloths.
Other: Young girl cries over hardship and separation from her parents, but her brother comforts her; tension between a few characters.


Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter