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Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked
Starring:
Stian Smestad, Louisa Haigh and Gabriel Byrne


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: March 1, 1991

A film from Norway released by Buena Vista (Disney) pits a boy, a girl stowaway and their older friend against pirates who capture a merchant vessel traveling from London to Sidney and then to Calcutta.

There is nothing extremely good or bad about this film. Kids will enjoy the adventure scenes and parents will be pleased with the positive wholesome attitudes in the film. Perhaps it is the wish of everyone to sail on a three-mast ship to the exotic islands in the South Pacific. From that point of departure Shipwrecked has a solid beginning. The imagination of the kids as they beat the pirates must be part of every kid's dream, particularly if they read Robert Louis Stevenson. This film is a mix of The Swiss Family Robinson, Tarzan and Treasure Island but lacks the spark they possessed.

Scenes on Fiji are obviously tropical but are not filmed to embrace the viewer with a feeling of having been to the islands. Too often the camera moves in for close ups or the scene is framed in an obvious way to exclude some sign of civilization which was alien to the story.

Take your kids or let them go alone. They won't see a great film but some scenes are exciting. The film is more innocent time, when language was tame and kids thought like kids.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Shipwrecked  C   C+                     C+ 

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