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The River Wild

By Corrina Antrobus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

'90s action-drama sees a family rafting trip turn violent.

Movie PG-13 1994 111 minutes
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This sensitive family tale alongside high-energy action makes for a thrilling watch. With breathtaking scenes of U.S. landscape and impressive camerawork to capture the spirit of the wild and rampant river, The River Wild immerses you in its beauty and chaos. This would have been a real treat to anyone who caught it on the big screen when it was first released in 1994.

The film makes some feeble attempts to discuss some bigger topics. For example, Streep's character, Gail, talks about Native American rock art, "before the white man took over," and there is mention to the declining environment in reference to the pollution in the river. But what's quickly mentioned is soon shrugged off as not to distract from the Hollywood action. That all said, The River Wild is a solid '90s action-packed adventure that still warrants a watch all these years later.

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