Reviewed by: Debra Mireles
|Featuring:||Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood|
|Producer:||David Hoberman, Patrick Crowley, Todd Lieberman|
|Distributor:||Walt Disney Pictures|
“The Most Amazing Story of Survival, Friendship, and Adventure Ever Told.”
The story starts in the extreme wilderness of Antarctica where we meet Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) and his best friend Cooper (Jason Biggs). Jerry works as a survival guide along with his beloved team of sled dogs. The dogs are very important to Jerry, and his relationship with them in the movie is one of true friendship. An American geologist named Davis (Bruce Greenwood) requires Jerry’s guide services on a scientific research mission. During the mission, the sled dogs are heroes—helping Davis survive the rough Antarctic terrain.
Due to a serious storm that blows in, Jerry and Davis are forced to end their mission early and return to base. The team is forced to leave the sled dogs behind and evacuate, promising they will return for them as soon as they can.
But as the worst storm in years approaches, cutting off all means of transportation, the dogs are stranded until spring. Even his love interest, Katie (Moon Bloodgood), who is a pilot, cannot fly in the harsh weather. These courageous and intelligent dogs must survive in the harshest winter climates known to man. Jerry is heartbroken and desperately tries to persuade rescue missions to take him back to his beloved dogs, but six months will pass before he is back in Antarctica again. Based on an amazing true story, you will find loyalty, friendship and hope as major elements in this film.
CONTENT OF POSSIBLE CONCERN: The movie begins with the two friends wearing only shorts and no shirts as they prepare to run out into the cold. The swear word “hell” is used four times in the movie. There is a scene where Jerry is drinking a beer and Davis is drinking scotch. In a bar scene, the waitress tells Jerry a lady has bought him a drink. The violence in this film is mild, but there is a scene where a leopard seal surprisingly attacks the dogs, and it would probably be scary for small children. Also, the dangerous rescues are pretty intense. At the very end of the movie, Jerry gives Katie a very passionate kiss.
CONCLUSION: “Eight Below” is very mild and not as offensive as many other movies. Overall, this is a good movie that you and your family can enjoy on the big screen. I loved the beautiful scenery, including gorgeous snow formations along the mountains. I love animals, and the scenes of the stranded dogs were done very well. Action and suspense are found throughout the movie and kept me and my family on the edge of our seats.
I don’t recommend “Eight Below” for younger children (under 5, or according to their maturity levels), due to the surprise leopard seal attack scene and a couple of other scary rescue scenes. However, my oldest children ages eight and nine enjoyed the movie.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Minor
Thinking about spiritual issues…
The swear word h*ll is used four times throughout the movie. God’s word mentions “cursing” and “swearing” done by those who were disobedient to God and living in sin (Jeremiah 23:10, Hosea 4:2, Proverbs 19:1) As Christians we are not to let any unwholesome talk proceed from our mouths, but only that which can edify others and glorify God (Ephesians 4:29).
We are warned time and time again against strong drink from the scriptures (Judges 13:4, Proverbs 20:1, Ephesians 5:17-18). Drinking is shown in this movie, but they do not finish the drink before the scene changes.
At the end of the movie, Jerry and Katie share a passionate kiss. In God’s word we are told that men and women who are not married should abstain from inappropriate behavior. Man is commanded not to touch a woman if she is not his wife, but to treat all women as his sister (1 Corinthians 7:1-2, 1 Timothy 5:1-2). Tempting ourselves with inappropriate kissing or touching can lead to fornication according to the Apostle Paul and should not be done. This may be a good opportunity to discuss this topic with your kids.
Jerry is heart broken, and because he has no faith in Christ, he has no hope or strength that God can help him through this time. Jerry is depressed and feels guilty about leaving the dogs behind. God’s word tells us that through prayer and His grace we can have hope that God will act according to his will (Hebrews 4:16).