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Rocky Mountain Express

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Beautiful visuals, rewarding tale of transcontinental train.

Movie NR 2011 45 minutes
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This film, with its stunning visuals, pitch-perfect music, and a riveting story, may change forever the way audiences look out train windows as they cross a great expanse. Rocky Mountain Express makes it impossible to take for granted the immeasurable commitment and courage it took to construct difficult railway routes, specifically the Canadian Pacific Transcontinental Railway. Director Stephen Low and his crew took five years of summers to meticulously photograph and tell the story, and it shows. Michel Busson's original music earns kudos, as does the integration of such songs as "500 Miles" by Peter, Paul, and Mary. The movie is a wonderful introduction to the world of trains and to the pioneers who made possible commerce, travel, and settlement across the continent. Kids who are accustomed to fast-paced action and conflict may need encouragement, but it's well worth it. This is a solid film, recommended for middle graders and up, particularly those who love trains.

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