Against the Wild

  • Review Date: May 3, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Unexciting adventure film about lost kids has mild peril.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

When faced with a life-or-death situation, kids can be surprisingly resilient and resourceful, and even siblings who normally bicker all the time can learn to work together.

Positive role models

Hannah and Zach are clever and determined, two traits that help them immensely when they are lost in the wilderness and must trust their instincts to survive.

Violence & scariness

Two kids are lost in the wilderness and are threatened at various times by animals, including wolves and a bear.

Sexy stuff

A loving kiss between a husband and wife during a warm moment.

Language

One girl mentions that her "bum" hurts.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Against the Wild features two tweens who are lost in the wilderness after their small plane crashes in the woods. With just their faithful husky, the siblings face harsh terrain and dangerous animals as they struggle to survive. The family-friendly film has no swearing or anything else that may alarm parents, though small kids may be frightened at the sight of other children threatened by a bear.

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What's the story?

Zach (CJ Adams) and Hannah (Erin Pitt) are lost in the woods after their small plane crashes en route to visit their dad, the supervisor at a remote mine. The pilot is injured in the accident, and the kids set off to find help with only their dog, Chinook, for protection in AGAINST THE WILD. While the kids find themselves threatened by both the elements and some dangerous wildlife, their parents organize a search party and must come to terms with the fact that two young kids are hard to find in a very large forest.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Zach and Hannah are appealing enough characters, and Chinook is a beautiful beast, and, let's face it, it's nearly impossible to watch a pair of kids lost in the wilderness without felling some kind of emotional reaction. But all that's not enough to make Against the Wild an entertaining film. The acting is stiff, the dialog is hokey, and the children make one rookie survival mistake after another. There are so many gaping plot holes not to notice -- at one point Hannah is too injured to walk, but moments later is seen running and jumping.

Their parents don't have much to do other than look worried. Scene after scene is filled with predictable lines and uninspiring heart-to-heart conversations. Young children may find some parts of the movie entertaining, or they may relate to the young leads, but most other viewers will be disappointed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Zach and Hannah's decisions. Do you think they make smart choices when faced with a survival situation?

  • How do Zach and Hannah's parents react to the news that their children are missing? How do they weather the crisis, and how does it affect their relationship with each other?

  • What would you do if you got lost or separated from your family? Talk about possible choices, or read more about survival techniques.

Movie details

DVD release date:March 11, 2014
Cast:Natasha Henstridge, CJ Adams, Ted Whittall
Director:Richard Boddington
Studio:Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Wild animals
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation: for action and peril.

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Parent Written byKristyB 1 May 31, 2015
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Amazing movie

One of the best movies I've watched in a while teaches kids how to use there skills that they got thought in boys souts and ect
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