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EIGHT BELOW

Inspired by a true story, "Eight Below" is an exciting, action adventure about loyalty and the bonds of true friendship set in the harsh wilderness of Antarctica. Three members of a scientific expedition are forced to leave their team of beloved sled dogs behind due to an accident and perilous conditions of the icy country. During the winter, the dogs struggle for survival alone for six months before a rescue attempt was made.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 13 Apr 2006
Genre: Action / Drama
Running Time: 2 Hours
Distributor: BUENA VISTA INTERNATIONAL
Cast: Paul Walker
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Format: NA

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Writer: Brian J. Chong

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Watch this if you liked: "Snow Dogs", "Alive"

A Disney movie about sled dogs doing their thing in the Antarctic. Haven't we seen that somewhere before? The 'other' movie I'm referring to is "Snow Dogs", released four years ago, an average family comedy starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn. This time around however, Disney decided to take to the more serious route and came up with "Eight Below", which is named after the eight dogs and not eight degrees below zero. Inspired by true events, "Eight Below" is about eight dogs who were left behind at an Antarctic camp with the only rescue team six months away due to the harsh autumn storms which would last throughout winter.

Paul Walker stars as... wait a minute, Paul Walker from "The Fast And The Furious" and "Into the Blue" in a Disney film? Surprise, surprise. But despite being a mediocre actor and all, he did show more emotion in this one. There should have been more scenes of him in his 'emo' state though. As Jerry Shepard, the caretaker of the eight sled dogs, he does an average job. Expect the typical Paul Walker look and character. Jason Biggs plays a cartographer in the Antarctic camp, who also happens to be the comic relief in this film. You will remember him fondly as the kid who acted in "American Pie". Overall, the 'human' cast were mediocre. As for the dogs, now they are the real heart and soul of the film. I found myself wondering, "How did they make them do that? And that?" It's either the dogs were very well-trained, or the filmmakers spent LOADS of film documenting these beautiful canines in action.

Despite being branded a 'Disney' film, there are no sugar-coated moments here. Yes, you can feel the restrictive feel of its Disneyness, but it also has a story to tell. It's not always about survival of the fittest; it's about friendship and working together. However, there were certain scenes I felt that would bother the younger viewers, e.g. the dogs having to eat other animals in order to stay alive.

The vast plains of the Antarctica were very beautiful to see and the music that accompanied that vision was adequate. A common mix of adventurous and action scores that unfortunately were unmemorable, but it did it's job for the movie.

"Eight Below" is a very good movie about survival and the bonds that humans make with their pets. If you own a dog, or love animals in general, be forewarned to bring a couple of tissues into the cinema. Mediocre human actors, but the wonderful dogs make up for it. "Eight Below" exceeded expectations and it exceeded through this viewer's tear ducts as well.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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