In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Dogs "Dewey" & "Truman" are named for the 1948 U.S. Presidential candidates Thomas E. Dewey and Harry S. Truman. See more »
The film takes place in Antarctica during the 1990s, but the United States Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 specifically prohibits the introduction of non-indigenous plants and animals to the Antarctic continent. There could be no sled dogs attached to any activity in Antarctica funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation at the time of the film's setting. See more »
Just getting back from seeing 8 below, i am completely blown away by
Firstly, right away you get glimpes of STUNNING scenery that continue
throughout the whole film. Beautiful artic landscapes frame the main
story line and on the big screen, it really takes your breath away.
The movie also is really able to give anyone an idea of what its like
to be in the artic, and really gave a clear picture of what being an
explorer was like. This added to the appeal of the movie, because its
not something most of us get to experience.
Although the acting has been in some cases been criticized, I believe
the actors fulfilled their purpose within the movie. They were able to
play their roles, without distracting from the dogs, which of course,
is the most important part. Paul Walker clearly comes across as a
strong animal lover, and displays this well. He becomes relatable to
any animal lovers, who will utimatly love this movie. As for the
others, the fulfilled their jobs, which is what matters. The character
of "Cooper" gave great comic relief, and "Katie" acted out the
predicable love story line well.
But of course, the most important aspect of this movie was the dogs. I
can hardly even begin to describe what a wonderful job they did. The
tricks preformed (as a dog lover and trainer) were some with great
difficulty. Ultimately, the way the dogs interact with each other and
are so compassionate, you really connect with them. The only way to
really experience this is to GO. the movie is AMAZING and a wonderful
family film. Although a part or two may be slightly scary, its still an
amazing picture for ALL to enjoy, it completely blew all of us a way.
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