ATTENTION: SPOILER ALERT!!
I watched this movie with my two die-hard dog-loving kids, ages 9 and 11. The movie is good overall. It is about a boy and dog who find each other and develop a deep connection. When they are lost together in the NWPacific wilderness after a boating accident, they go through many adventures which deepen their bond. The dog saves the boy's life and they come to depend on each other. After a while the boy is rescued and the two are separated. Eventually, though, the dog returns home to the boy and they are reunited. Happy ending, right? Ok, but there is one problem IF your kids are sensitive. Near the end of the movie, the boy is rescued by helicopter from a position where he is hanging over a deep gorge. He begs his rescuers to save his dog but they cannot get the dog. The dog, in fact, endures an agonizingly long fall to the bottom of the gorge, where he climbs, injured, onto a rock and whimpers, staring longingly and sorrowfully at the helicopter carrying the boy far away from him. This scene was too much for my kids. My 9 year old left the room crying and did not want to come back. My 11 year old, who can't stand to watch animals suffer, burst into tears. I also had tears in my eyes. While the boy is recovering from his injuries at home, he longs for his dog. In the last scene of the movie the boy spots the dog coming through the field toward home, injured and wounded. He runs to the dog and the two are together again. However, the reunion scene and "hug" are very brief, and neither long enough nor detailed enough to make up for the trauma of the separation scene. My two kids ended up concluding that this was a "horrible" movie, and I ended up wondering why the story had to contain such an awful scene. Good boy/dog movie overall, but if your children are sensitive, beware.