Available on VOD (Video on Demand), iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Amazon, and FandangoNow, is the thriller film, S.O.S Survive or Sacrifice.
The film stars William Baldwin, Jeannine Kaspar, Marianna Rosset, and Kseniya Pinch, to name a few.
Kate (Kaspar) has reunited with her adopted teenage sister, Liz (Pinch) on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean. The reason why they are there is not made clear, but I think it is business related.
Liz is a typical teen. She doesn’t want to be there with her sister. She would rather be with her friends. Since she is unable to be with them, she spends all her time with her face in her phone, texting her life away.
Once the sister have settled into the hotel, Liz goes to bed early. Kate on the other hand is hungry and goes to the hotel’s club to get something to eat and drink.
At the club, Kate meets a woman name Myra. Unbeknownst to Kate, Myra is working with her criminal boyfriend (Baldwin – I honestly don’t know what his name is). Myra steals Kate’s hotel key so that her boyfriend Jack (Baldwin) can rob her room while she is hanging out with Myra.
Kate and Myra meet a couple of men at the club. The men convince them to go on a hot air balloon ride to view the sunrise. The women agree.
Kate, Myra and the two men go up in the hot air balloon, but they didn’t realize at that time that the balloon is not tethered to the car. Now they find themselves floating away in the balloon and having to avoid dangers such as windmills (the energy kind) and floating out to sea where no one knows where they are.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel, Liz narrowly escapes being caught by Jack when he tried to rob the room. Liz then seeks the help of the hotel for the attempted robbery, and the fact that her sister is missing. Sadly, no one believes Liz (not about the robbery or her sister), and turn her over to the custody of the U.S. Embassy’s child welfare worker.
It’s a race against time for both Kate and Liz. Kate and Myra need to find a way to get rescued before the balloon sinks into the ocean, leaving them stranded in the middle of the ocean, and Liz needs to prove that her sister did not willingly leave her and that she’s in trouble, before the welfare worker turns her in.
Will the sisters ever be reunited again? To find out you need to rent or purchase S.O.S Survive or Sacrifice. Look for it where ever you stream or purchase movies.
Over all the film was entertaining. There are a few areas where I wished the viewers would get more details, such as why Kate and Liz were in Cyprus, and what was “wrong” with Liz (Kate talks to Liz’s doctor on the phone and mentions medications that were in her carryon luggage). I would also like to know why Liz was so resentful of Kate. A deeper look into their backstory would have been nice.
Willian Baldwin is the best known cast member, yet he has the least amount of time on screen. Go figure.
I liked the idea of being stuck on a run away hot air balloon, and heading over the ocean where no one knows you are. That is a scary thought. I have been on a hot air balloon before, and I had a similar thought (what if the balloon took off?). To make matters even worse, the girls eventually end up in the balloon by themselves, and neither one knows how to fly a hot air balloon.
There are some parts of the film that seem a bit “far fetched.” Take for example the girls starting a fire on the balloon using a condom and vodka.
This film has one of those endings that is left up to the viewer to decide what really happens to the remaining cast members. There isn’t a clear cut ending.
What I liked most about this film is the strong female characters. Most especially because they didn’t realize they were strong until they were faced with situations they needed to take control over. This applies to the teenage Liz. She could have given in an ended up at the Embassy, but she fought to have the Embassy worker to believe her that her sister was in trouble and needed to be found.
I don’t know if this film has an official website, but I did find the film on Facebook.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.