In 1950s Grey Rocks, Nova Scotia, a mysterious old seadog named Captain Charles Johnson comes to port and takes up residence in the inn of Kerstin Hawkins and her son, Jim. Once there, young Jim realizes that there is far more to that old sailor than meets the eye as Johnson offers to help on a school project about pirates in the region in ways Jim never imagined. Along the way, Capt. Johnson learns of the threat that a modern day pirate, the rapacious Mr. Moehner, poses and offers to help with that as well. All the while, that old sailor has his own business in that small town with a more direct link to its past that only Jim knows is possible.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Donald Sutherland, who voices Captain Charles Johnson, spent his teenage years in Nova Scotia where the story of Pirate's Passage is located. Sutherland, who is also co-writer and co-producer of the movie, moved to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at age 12. He has said of the making of the movie: "It's a way to bring back Nova Scotia in my mind and my heart."
The movie is set in the fictional town of Grey Rocks in the year 1952. That particular year Sutherland worked his first part-time job as an announcer for local radio station CKBW in Bridgewater. See more »
A ship's flag waves in the direction the ship is moving. The reason for this is because the wind that fills the sails pushing the ship forward also pushes the flag in the same direction. See more »
Roy Moehner's going to foreclose on the Inn. He has refused our plea for a loan extension. *He's a bastard!*
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A surprisingly good movie! But I'd say it's not for kids...
We had a bunch of indie movies to check out on our Netflix watch list and I was passively thinning them out while working. I started this one and got hooked a few minutes in. By the end, I'm glad the kids weren't around, but I quite enjoyed it.
It's done in a 2D CG animation that seems a little cheap, but done well enough to still look good. The art is still well done, I love the character designs, it very much feels like a labor of love.
The story was interesting as well, I look forward to finding the book as I hear the movie is only loosely based on it. It had enough depth to keep me guessing, but I was able to guess a few plot points (which is my favorite balance for a movie).
As for content, it's mostly the language that I wouldn't want the kids to hear. The parental advisory covers most of it, the lady also uses the word 'bastard' once. I think the themes are a little complex for kids too. It is pirate themed after all. It defends the "honest" pirates that only steal and do minimum damage to get what they need, or breaking the law to accomplish what needs to be done. Thankfully the kid in the story still tries to do what's right without going around the law.
I'd definitely watch it again, and I think it's worth at least seeing it once.
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