BENJI (Video USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.1|5.0 Starsììì

Benji—reboot of the 1974 Benji—lacks a type of innocence and feeling of the good ‘ol days that mark the original release of this story. The film may work for children, but a better watch for them would be the original Benji. Increased entertainment value can be found in these movies that also center around dogs and humans: Air Bud, the animated Bolt, or for adults Megan Leavey.

Storyline

Two children, Carter (Gabriel Bateman) and Frankie (Darby Camp), are kidnapped and find significant help from the street dog, Benji.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Brandon Camp for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Joe Camp, Charles S. Cohen, Jennifer Dong, Charles Layton, Ben Ross, Couper Samuelson, James Schamus, and Jeanette Volturno for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Whitney (Kiele Sanchez), Sam King (Gralen Bryant Banks), Syd (Will Rothhaar), Titus (Angus Sampson), Lyle (Jerod Haynes), Officer (Lacy Camp), Captain Newsome (Jim Gleason), and Brute (Brady Permenter).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The original Benji, while not a great flick, performs at a higher level than this remake.

Ben Meyers

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