FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
Two siblings and their devoted dog become lost in the wilderness and must learn how to combine their skills, trust their instincts and navigate a terrain as beautiful as it is untamed.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“Against the Wild” is a kiddie movie. I want to reiterate that, while I eviscerate the movie. In short, the film is about a couple of kids and a dog that have survived a plane wreck. They’re in the middle of an untamed wilderness that looks like a state park. Working together, they find a way to overcome the elements and survive. The usual tropes are on display to the point that you can play bingo with them. Bear attack? Check! Sibling rivalry set aside to find a special familiar bond? Check! Kid power untapped? Check! I’d recommend a drinking game, but the worst thing a kid viewer could get into would be a bottle of Nyquil.
Which leads me back around to my original point. Why do we feel such a need to defend bad movies due to the fact that their audience is supposed to be juvenile?!? Kids have a right to watch quality entertainment and there could’ve been something to this movie. It’s not like adults don’t get to watch movies about adults in similar circumstances. While I watch the movie for a second time, I notice that there are a lot of scenes that seem like they were shot in one take not out of necessity, but out of boredom. Hell, the dog is yawning in the background of one shot.
The DVD comes with outtakes and a clip about the music as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty flat for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track is expansive enough. Still, the transfer didn’t get much to do. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 03/11/2014