Sunday, February 7, 2010

Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling (2009) PG13 - 3 Stars

Without a paddle is really without a point but none the less a "cute" pointless movie. I like the fact the main characters are no one I have really seen before, making their innocence easier to accept as they all seem like "nice guys." I doubt any name brand stars would sign up for this one anyway. But having said that, I enjoyed it enough to say rent it if there is nothing else out at the moment.

My take, basically young man has had a huge crush on a girl since high school. When he finds out that his best friend is trying to track her down, it's his opportunity to tag along hoping to re-find his true love. Now here's the kicker. The girl is living in the trees, with her best girl friend, protecting the forest from developers and they must find her before her grandmother kicks the bucket.

Zach (Kristopher Turner), is a nurse at a retirement home and an elderly women he is taking care of has just found out her heart is bad and her days are numbered. She asks Zach to help her find her granddaughter Heather (Madison Riley), before she dies. When Zach sees that the girl he has been asked to find, is the same girl his best friend Ben (Oliver James), was in love with, he forces him to leave his work-a-holic job, and to find her and rekindle his love.

The two travel to where she was last spotted to look for clues where they are told by the locals to stay out of the woods as a monster is present and anyone who goes in there, never comes back.

Nigel (Rik Young), Heathers step brother, shows up as the boys are about to leave, insisting he tag along to help. The trio throw a raft into the river, forgetting to bring anything but beer, and ride the rapids deep into the woods. But when their raft springs a leak, squirrels attack, strange men are following Nigel, and Heather could care a less about Ben, they begin to this nature adventure really bites.

Director: Ellory Elkayem
Writers: Jay Leggett, Mitch Rouse, Stephen Mazur
Producer: Amy Goldberg
I viewed 2/10

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