Killer Instinct

Idris Elba stars as a father who’s forced to fight to survive when a ferocious apex predator sees his family as its prey.

Article Published on 01.07.2022

Words Lee Curtis

The British actor has locked up London’s most sadistic serial killers as BBC’s Luther, protected Asgard as the MCU’s Heimdall, and even battled a giant alien starfish as The Suicide Squad’s Bloodsport, but it’s now that he faces his most fearsome foe yet – a ferocious lion with a taste for human blood.

Still in the midst of mourning, recently widowed father of two Dr Nate Daniels must rise to the ultimate challenge when his safari in the South African savannah becomes a fight for survival after a lion – a vengeful survivor of poachers who sees all humans as prey – starts stalking him.

But it’s not only his life on the line. The trip is a family getaway to give his daughters respite from their grief, but they too are soon fighting for their lives. There’s also his old friend, a wildlife expert who leads their expedition but quickly finds himself way out of his depth against a rogue predator.

If the immediate danger of a bloodthirsty killer wasn’t enough, Daniels and co must also survive the extreme elements of the expansive game reserve, the other dangerous animals that inhabit it, and evil poachers that plague the land.

Director Baltasar Kormákur is no stranger to survival stories and twins the authentic natural horror of Everest and Adrift with the thrilling action of Contraband and 2 Guns to create the ultimate survival thriller; an intense, immersive edge-of-your-seat experience that’s sure to send pulses racing.

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