It doesn't matter what gender you are, but put yourself in this scenario: You're single, in a foreign country and a stranger comes up to you in a bar. After being introduced, he/she takes you out on the dance floor to dance the night away.
Two guys join you and invite you on a hot air balloon ride.
Would you go?
Kate Brown (Jeannine Kaspar) did.
Prior to the exciting Cyprus nightlife, Kate's reunited with her teenage sister Liz (Kysenia Pinch) who lives in Russia. Kate's taken her dream job in paradise and Liz comes along. At the airport, Liz forgets their passports and Kate only discovers it when they check into their apartment.
Being the brat that Liz is, she tells Kate that she doesn't have any friends or a life and while Kate's taking a shower, Liz falls asleep. She thinks it over and remembers that the nightclub in the basement is open.
Kate saddles up to the bar and gets the worst looking strawberry daiquiri ever made and meets Miri (Marianna Rosset- and to be called MGirl from this point on since I couldn't quite get her name and it could be Mira) and she take Kate onto the dance floor.
While dancing, she starts to make out with her and Kate backs away, and then the two meet Andres (Zach Rose) and Nick (Diljohn Singh) who join them. Andres, or Andy, invites them onto his hot air balloon, but Kate tells him she can't go, but then after a couple of selfie's off she goes.
However, MGirl has texted her lover, Jake (William Baldwin) and told him that she has a key to Kate's apartment. It fell out of her back pocket when she took out her phone and MGirl covered it up.
The foursome head out to the airstrip and climb aboard the balloon. Kate emphatically tells them that she pinged their location to Liz.
When Liz gets up, she checks her texts and sees the text from Kate, and the first thing she does is text her friend, telling her that Kate isn't around and left her alone while she went out drinking. While texting, she hears something at the door and sees that it's Jake, dressed as a member of the staff carrying a knife.
Liz asks her little texting buddy what she should do, and she hides in the closet. When Jake opens up the closet, she runs out and out of the apartment.
Although Nick tethered the balloon to their baby Hummer, Kate asks why they're moving, and Andres realizes that the rope has come undone. He and Nick start fighting, and they soon find themselves drifting toward a wind farm.
Since it is the cellphone generation, a motorist on the side of the road begins to record the impending doom.
Back at the hotel/apartment, Liz tells the clerk about a man who was inside and the. police are called. The policeman (Christopher Greco) calls the American Consulate and Sofia (Crystal Web) is sent to bring in Liz.
And what a team these two make.
Anyway, the balloon drifts over the ocean and they see a yacht. As they try to call for help, the passenger's wave back in a friendly fashion.
Andres (or Andy) falls out of the balloon and MGirl and Kate debate how to rescue him (this is funny since it's a green screen and the basket isn't moving but he could almost climb in, yet they're supposed to be high in the air). Since the two are arguing with one another, well, you can figure out what happens.
Sofia takes Liz to Kate's last ping and it's in the middle of the ocean, but Sofia isn't going to rent a boat, so Liz steals one. Now they have their own disaster to contend with as the boat starts to sink and the motor won't work.
Liz (and the girls above do a lot of Macguyvering) while Sofia tells her there's no hope and they should head back to shore, yet they're now in the middle of the ocean.
The premise for the movie I have to admit is good, but there's a lot of plot holes.
It's not fully explained about Kate and Liz since they both live in different countries (and I'm sure that their passports were on the black market within minutes of being found) and with Liz spending a lot of time on the phone texting her friend, Christie, you would think that she would try to get Christie to help in some way.
The beginning also uses a lot of texts which pop up and fade really fast, so you really don't know if they're essential to the movie. They really aren't.
I never really knew what Jake and MGirl do. Are they just robbing random strangers that MGirl befriends throughout the world (or just in this hotel/apartment)? Are they sex traffickers? It's not explained.
In some scenes the sound is really low, and I was lost as to what was going on. I had spent too much time going back to MGirl picking up something from the floor.
The premise was pretty good, and I think the writers (Roman Doronin and Marcus Jerrome) could have made it more suspenseful and dangerous with more focus on the balloon, rather than have two other stories going on with characters on the ground.
Although it touches on Liz trying to get help for Kate that could have been expanded since she had a ping and the policeman could have gone to look, rather than set up a disaster for Liz and Sofia.