Eight Below 2006

Eight Below

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Featuring a stellar cast of marooned mutts, who deftly display emotion, tenderness, loyalty and resolve, Eight Below is a heartwarming and exhilarating adventure film.

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The frozen wasteland of Antarctica serves as the background for a tale about the bonds of friendship and loyalty. Three members of a scientific expedition, Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker), his friend Cooper (Jason Biggs) and an American geologist (Bruce Greenwood), must leave their beloved sled dogs behind after a devastating accident and increasingly perilous weather conditions. Alone, the dogs struggle to survive the harsh Antarctic winter.

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  • Aug 07, 2014
    Despite the sheen of sentimentality afforded the dog of a calamity presented here, this Disneyfied true story can't help but keep all but the most cynical moviegoers invested in this somehow loveable snow job. Fluffy but earnest, the real events sometimes feel sanitized more than dramatized. This proves purposeful, allowing for a broader (read: family) audience. So, facts get kinda sorta truncated, characters become near-caricatures, and human drama mostly gets played safe. The bare Milk Bone facts behind the almost Movie-of-the-Week spit and polish, however, punches through any hint of melodrama and grabs the audience. There's an art form to this kind of filmmaking, after all, and it's a precarious balance that the ultimately heartwarming Eight Below pulls off. In this PG-rated drama, a scientific expedition comprising sled dog handler Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker) and a rugged American geologist (Bruce Greenwood) become forced to leave behind their team of beloved sled dogs due to a sudden accident and perilous weather conditions in Antarctica. The late Paul Walker always stood and delivered like a well oiled matinee idol. Oh, there was never any chance of putting him in the pure, raw nerve, Oscar-baiting acting league of Daniel Day-Lewis or even Ryan Gosling, but this was never his or H'Wood's plan. Great looking and likeable to girls AND guys, he wasn't hired to go method and actually live among the huskies in the frigid tundra snow, he was hired to be the concerned and heroic human face behind the true star, man's best friend--a task he does truthfully and beautifully here. Bottom line: 7 Up-Lift
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Eight below is an emotional and good movie. The problem is that they say it was based on a true story, when in reality the dogs were lost they have no idea what happened to the dogs. It was depressing at times but could also be kind and good hearted. Its worth a watch but only once or twice.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    If only those actors could act, we'd have ourselves a gold winner.
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  • May 28, 2011
    it has courage and can be mildly enjoyable, but it's still a tad too long and can get tirsome that fast. C+
    Juan C Super Reviewer

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