THE JOURNEY HOME (2014 Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury Ontario Canada)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.3|5.0 Stars ìì

The Journey Home allows Canadian scenery to maximize itself on screen. But, despite the view, the film is rather ho-hum due to its script and consistence in preaching environmentalism and animal rights. It takes a very good writer to inform on important issues by tugging at the heart rather than hitting over the head. An audience may feel 'beat up' by the end of the film. Casting did exceptionally well in teaming the talents of Dakota Goyo with Goran Visnjic. Good onscreen charisma between the two actors helped this movie sustain itself.

Storyline

Luke (Dakota Goyo) finds a polar bear in the barn next to his house. Officials arrive to take the bear, but afterwards Luke finds a baby polar bear hiding further back in the barn. He takes it upon himself to reunite the cub with its Mother in the wild. Luke teams up with Muktuk (Goran Visnjic) to make it happen and the adventure begins.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Roger Spottiswoode and Brando Quilici for their efforts in directing this film. Thank you to Executive Producers Ashtok Amritraj, Jean-François Doray, Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, and Mark Stone for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Luke’s Mom (Bridget Moynahan), Jake Murdoch (Duane Murray), Albert Speck (Peter MacNeill), Abbie (Kendra Leigh Timmins), Aunt Rita (Linda Kash), Simon (Brendan Hennessey), Eta (Michelle Thrush), Nuvua (Imajyn Cardinal), Eugenia (Jacqueline Loewen), Asian Doctor (Russell Yuen), and Texan hunter (Chris Sigurdson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. The film seems to drown itself in mediocrity from the outset.

Ben Meyers

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