I Am David (2004)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Average Rating: 5.3/10
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A young boy is sent on a remarkable odyssey as he flees a Communist prison camp in this historical drama, set in Eastern Europe in the early '50s. David (Ben Tibber) is a 12-year-old boy who was sentenced with his parents to a Bulgarian labor camp when they were found guilty of political subversion; he hasn't seen his folks in years, and looks to fellow inmate Johannes (Jim Caviezel) for protection and guidance. One day, David is able to escape, and as he flees, he is given a sealed envelope
Dec 3, 2004 Wide
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Clearly, huge tankers of disbelief must be suspended in a sea of goodwill to get into the spirit of the film.
The film is marred by too many coincidences, but there are a couple of twists at the end that tug at the heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling.
It's not lack of a strong story that keeps I Am David from taking off. Blame a straightforward approach that makes the movie feel too much like an after-school special.
Feig's neorealist approach to the look of the film might work better if he didn't fill it with so many coincidences and melodramatic flourishes.
I know, I know, I'm supposed to get sentimental about this heart-warming tale. But I couldn't believe a moment of it, and never identified with little David.
While some parents might wish the film had more emotional depth, they will probably appreciate the gentle humor. Then they can introduce their children to the book.
It's like Tom Sawyer's Great Escape - a strange combination of stories that's interesting, but doesn't quite capture your emotions.
It is not an especially brilliant film, nor does it execute its ideas with particular flair, and yet I cannot resist liking and being moved by it.
A nice enough picture, but it's also slow and meandering. Watching it is like seeing a decent Family Channel movie, except in this case you have to pay for it.
While probably not suitable for the wee ones, older kids and most adults will love this exciting and heartfelt adventure of one boy's survival during the darkest days of post-war Europe.
How David escapes, alas, is less compelling than wondering how this drearily earnest movie escaped the Hallmark Channel.
While the material itself has promise (it's an adaptation of Anne Holm's best-selling novel), this drama fumbles and stumbles its way to a resolution that's far too easy.
It's refreshing to watch a movie aimed at young people that's actually grounded in reality.
One of those well-intentioned misfires that so frustrate both audiences and critics -- brimming with thematic potential, yet consistently unable to establish and maintain an effective tone.
"I Am David" earns just about every teardrop it elicits. The journey isn't smooth, but that doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile.
At its best in the taut opening and in the third act, when the pieces finally come together. In between, the episodic story sags a bit.
It's a Hallmark Hall of Fame special dressed up as a feature, one that juggles feel-good humanitarianism and oddly inappropriate stabs at whimsy.
Audience Reviews for I Am David
- Sophie: There are an awful lot of people in this world who have nothing to say, but spend all their time talking.
- Maria: You don't know anything good, do you?
- David: Is it nice to have a family?....The world is filled with terrible people, and they all do terrible, evil things. I've seen them.
- David: I don't want to be scared any more, Johannes.
- Johannes: Neither do I.
- Johannes: If you are alive, you can change things. If you are dead, you can't.
- Johannes: There are places where the world is good. I've seen them. Along time ago, but I have seen them. You will, too.
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