|Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family|
Tagline: The Most Amazing Story Of Survival, Friendship, And Adventure Ever Told.
Plot: The fierce Antarctic winter is just setting in when an intrepid team of explorers and scientists on a research mission—survival guide Jerry Shepard (PAUL WALKER), his best friend and cartographer Cooper (JASON BIGGS) and the rugged geologist Davis (BRUCE GREENWOOD)—just narrowly escape a fatal accident, thanks to their steadfast team of eight skilled sled dogs. Forced to evacuate, the men must leave the beloved dogs behind in the frozen wilds—with a promise they will return. But when the storm of the century approaches, cutting off all means of travel, the dogs are stranded. Now, as the intelligent, courageous dogs—including noble pack leader Maya, rambunctious rebel Shorty and rising young alphain- training Max—fight to make it through the most unforgiving winter on the planet, the heartbroken Jerry is driven to mount a seemingly impossible rescue mission, aided by a beautiful and adventurous bush pilot, Katie (MOON BLOODGOOD).
Held together only by unwavering bonds of friendship, the humans and the dogs alike make a remarkable journey of grit, endurance and belief to find one another again in this spectacular but perilous
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...is a thrilling, sometimes excruciating adventure and a real testament to the spirit and intelligence of the working animals at its core. B-,B
--Robin and Laura Clifford
This is old school Disney fare, and what I mean by that is that this film is a nature adventure with the feel of the old Wide World of Disney productions. Except it is a far better film than the majority of those classics, from the acting to the production value.
--Mark Bell (FilmThreat.com)
It’s familiar, it’s run of the mill, and the writing and performances all too willingly follow suit. Call the movie “uninspired by a true story.”
--Pete Croatto (FilmCritic.com)
...is a breathtaking, emotionally satisfying adventure film and is right up there with the very best live-action animal movies Disney has ever produced. A-
--Rebecca Murray (About.com)
...takes a lot of liberties and blows even more opportunities, but it remains a steady, fulfilling adventure.
--Brian Orndorf (eFilmCritic.com)
But as a shameless stab at kid-friendly uplift, Eight Below, at least during its Animal Planet-ish segments, nonetheless has a benignly cheesy, big-emotive charm.
Marshall shows courage with his direction, showing an adept sense for practicality. His dogs may be too dominant with their screen time, but at least he has the mind to let the weather sway its hand over the dogs' chance for survival. It's still Disney, but at least it isn't Snow Dogs.
|"Eight Below" doesn't always quite put across the idea of extreme weather, either; the way the actors keep appearing outside with bare heads and jackets unzipped suggests November in Burbank, not 31 degrees below zero. |
--Kyle Smith (New York Post)
As entertaining as the film is, it is too long, running almost two hours. I liked it, but I would have liked it more if it had been about 20 minutes shorter. 9/10
--Tony Medley (TonyMedley.com)