The River Wild (1994)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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Average Rating: 5.7/10
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In a change-of-pace role designed to prove that she could carry high-concept genre films as well as character-driven dramas, Meryl Streep headlined this fast-paced adventure as Gail, a whitewater rafting guide. For a vacation, Gail is accompanying her son Roarke (Joseph Mazzello) and workaholic husband Tom (David Strathairn) on a river trip. Gail and Tom are experiencing marital troubles and contemplating divorce, but their problems take a back seat when they encounter some menacing rafters led
Sep 30, 1994 Wide
Nov 1, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video
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The perfect high old time for audiences in the mood to be tossed into the spin cycle for a pulse-pounding thrill ride.
O'Neill proves to be a squeamish screenwriter. He doesn't allow his villain to do anything truly unnerving until the story's nearly done.
Constructed from so many ideas, characters and situations recycled from other movies that all the way down the river I kept thinking: Been there. Done that.
The thriller framework is still familiar, but the results exhibit a welcome freshness.
Another 1990s domestic parable chastising workaholic dads, The River Wild also functions as a gorgeous travelogue and a Meryl Streep action film.
A buff Streep vs. bad guy Bacon on a wild river journey in which good acting overcomes several cliches.
corny but gripping
It looks like an action movie, sounds like an action movie, but there's a lot more going on here.
The title promises more than the film delivers.
[Streep's] role is ridiculous, and the scenes depicting her marital crisis play like a hokey prelude to the inevitable reconciliation.
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