Writer: J Amanda Sabater (Screenplay)
Starring: John Hennigan, Michelle Taylor, Eric Etebari, Joseph Gatt, Alistair McKenzie, J Michael Evans
Plot: Rick Rainsford is trapped on a deserted island with his reluctant companion, Anna. While attempting to save another gravely injured survivor they find themselves hunted by Zaroff, a sociopathic ex-KGB Agent long with his partner Ivan. In spite of their differences Rick and Anna must work together to disarm Zaroff’s deadly traps, survive his assistant’s brutal attacks, and escape the island alive.
Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Fun Survival Adventure Film
Story: Never Leave Alive starts as we meet drink dependant celebrity hunter Rick Rainsford (Hennigan) who along with his team Thomas (McKenzie) are heading to an island for a photoshoot with new photography Anna (Taylor), but when the ship they on ends up sinking with Rick and Anna washing up on the island.
Once on the island Rick and Anna are aided by Ivan (Gatt) and Zaroff (Etebari) to Russian men living on the island, but they have a plan for Rick and Anna, to become the latest victims in their hunting game, giving them the task of getting across the island to a boat or be picked off by the sadistic hunter.
Thoughts on Never Leave Alive
Characters – Rick Rainsford is a famous hunter being the face of magazines and living the celebrity life style, but now he must use all his skills against another hunter who brings his prey to the island to claim himself as a master hunter. Rick is quick witted and a constant flirt that relies on booze to function. Anna is a photographer hired to take Rick’s photos on his latest shoot, but they don’t get on which is made clear, but she will have to rely on him to get them off the island alive. Zaroff is the Russian hunter that has bought countless numbers of animals to the island for his own hunting pleasure but not he wants to go against the best human hunters with Rick being his latest target. Ivan is the assistant to Zaroff that is conflicted through the film about the code the two had originally put together.
Performances – John Hennigan is good in the leading role making for a good potential action star, while Michelle Taylor is strong as the female lead not just being a damsel in distress. Eric Etebari is a good enough villain, he does well as the hunter with a code.
Story – The story follows the celebrity hunter needing to use his skills to survive a deadly game, which turns the tables on what he is used to doing himself. The idea that two Russians are using the island as their own hunting ground is good because we know there are the people out there with the twist being they are bored of animals and want to battle hunters. This is an easy to watch adventure movie without being overly violent.
Adventure – The adventure side of the film is a lot of fun, it does have a life and death element but doesn’t have disposable characters.
Settings – The film is set on an island which is good because it keeps us knowing just how difficult the escape would be for our characters, but it doesn’t use the visuals it could do with the setting.
Special Effects – The effects used are low budget and are clear CGI moments which does take away from moments of the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a fun survival adventure movie, it uses the small cast to keep everything on edge, solid banter between the two and the restrained moments of action.
Overall: Good little adventure movie.