247 Degrees F – 2011

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Directed by Levan Bakhia, and Beqa Jguburia this independent intense thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat how would u like to be in enclosed space for long hours of heat would you last long? I don’t think I would… starring Scout Taylor-Compton as Jenna, Christina Ulloa as Renee, Travis Van Winkle as Ian, Michael Copon as Michael, Tyler Mane as Wade, Rene Etore as Beau, Tornike Gogrichiani as Jamie, Jeremy Inabnit as the Man in Woods, Igor Lukin as Wade’s Double, Ibrahim Idowu as the Club Security 1, Michael Zaalishvili as the Club Security 2, Michael Andrew as the Policeman 1, Beso Natsvlishvili as the Policeman 2, George Dugashvili as the EMT 1, Mamuka Mazavrishvili II as the EMT 2, Vaja Kokrashvili as the EMT 3 (as Vazha Qoqrashvili), Four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend, the fun turns into a nightmare when 3 of them end up locked in a hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in the heat up to 247°F. The only difference that I know of difference is that this actually happened…

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The true event that the movie is based on happened in Georgia, where this film is made and filmmakers are from. 4 friends were in the sauna, one left for the toilet, locking his friends in – exactly as it is shown in the movie. He never came back, and when he woke up he didn’t remember that he left them in the sauna, and started to search for them elsewhere. Fortunately no one died since they managed to turn the heater off, but they had to spend over 10 hours in the decreasing heat, until they were found.

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I for one will often pick up films that say based on true events just because often they tend to be better even if independent… I thoroughly recommend this film even though it started to drag, for others painstakingly you watch the 3 go mad and grit your teeth… whatever you do don’t go for the bathroom during this one!

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