Netflix’s Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie Review: Chomp!

Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie is an interactive adventure reality TV show starring Bear Grylls.

If you thought dream sequences exist in horror movies alone, then Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie will prove you wrong. In one sequence, there’s a choice you have to make where Bear Grylls can either hide from a lion or run into the bushes, with the lion in tow, and me, being the absolute weirdo that I am, chose the latter. He jumps into a river (or pond, whatever) and gets chomped on by a huge hippopotamus. Don’t worry he then wakes up – it was all a bad dream. However, why he was sleeping in the middle of trying to capture a wild lion on the loose is anyone’s best guess.

Animals on the Loose has Bear Grylls doing all kinds of odd things, as Bear Grylls usually does. And if you thought he wouldn’t be able to come up with anything new anymore, then you’d be mistaken. You make decisions for Grylls in this interactive movie, much like that Black Mirror episode which was, well, darker and more disturbing. Here, we have three missions to help Grylls overcome – save a baboon, capture a lion and restore power to a fence. Where are the rangers in all this, you ask? Probably having a party is my best guess.

Now, make-your-choices shows can really bring out the person you are, in my opinion. You are either a good Samaritan who truly wants the protagonist to excel and survive, or you just want them to crash and burn. I swung between these two states of being for the most part and well, let’s just say some choices are better left unsaid.

Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie

Animals on the Loose feels extremely made up for the most part. In most of the scenes, Grylls and whatever shenanigans are happening around him don’t seem to be in the same place, with shots seeming pretty disconnected from one another. Now, I am aware that being chased by a lion leaves a slim chance for anyone to stay alive, regardless of who that might be. But I guess, if you have young children with you, then they’d be less privy to these inconsistencies and would thoroughly enjoy the challenges.

Grylls, in usual Grylls fashion, chomps on leeches and cutworm like we devour chips. At one point, we’re made to choose whether he should chomp on the leeches or just swallow them and my very weak stomach was not ready to accept either of those two options. Anyway, the leeches got stuck in his throat and that’s why no one should eat those pesky suckers (heh).

He also gives us several tips and tricks if we end up in a jungle without any support and on our own – but it makes a city girl like me wonder when I’ll ever need these tips because the thought of staying in the wilderness alone without anyone else is enough to end my life. Also, let’s make this clear, it’s never gonna happen.

Unlike real life, you can choose to go back to previous choices and do them all over again in Animals on the Loose. So, if you were wondering what it’d be like to make Grylls swim in the turbulent sea and fight against a shark, then yeah, you can do that. The results might not be pleasing, but then again, who’s watching?

Summing up: Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie

Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie

Animals on the Loose is fun and entertaining and gives you a lot of options to tinker with. Kids are gonna love to go through this adventure because their choices directly affect the outcome and where the story goes. If you’re interested in Grylls’s shows and love adventure and the wilderness, then this one will definitely interest you. Also, Thimba is as cute as a button!

Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie is streaming on Netflix.

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Animals on the Loose: A You vs Wild Movie has Bear Grylls battling lions and eating leeches - if you choose to do so.
Archi Sengupta
Horror Movies + Cats > People

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