In “Rising Wolf,” a perplexing and unoriginal Australian combination of hostage thriller and sci-fi fantasy, promising concepts turn out to be largely empty thought bubbles. This confusing effort at an elevated genre picture combining time travel, psychic powers, and environmental disaster, centered on a scared young lady trapped in a Shanghai tower elevator by a nasty Russian villain, can’t be saved by stunning graphics or a good core performance by Charlotte Best. “Rising Wolf,” which was a box office flop when it was released on 165 screens in the United States on April 8 under the title “Ascendant,” has been bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films and is slated to debut on July 16 in the United States.
Antaine Furlong, a first-time feature filmmaker, and Kieron Holland, a co-writer, combine a conventional hostage tale with a YA-style sci-fi scenario about a heroine progressively understanding she has amazing skills in their script. The ingredients appear to be promising at first, but the combination of cruel and gory torture with dreamlike recollections and terrifying future visions fails to fully explain itself, leading to befuddlement where wonder and excitement should reign. IMDB