It was just a camping trip…take some friends into the bush, have some fun…
A war started while they were gone. World War III.
These kids aren’t going to sit back and be caught. They’re not going to be captured or killed. They’re going to fight. Launching Ellie, Corrie, Kevin, Homer, Fiona, Lee, and Robyn as guerilla fighters.
Who knows? Maybe they can help win the war.
Company: Paramount Pictures
Director: Stuart Beattie
Running Time: 104 minutes
I didn’t expect this to be any good. Cait said the bookwasn’t, and it’s rare a movie surpasses the book. I did enjoy it, though. Sure there was some bad stuff in it, but overlooking that, it was really very good. I’d have given it four stars, but for some pretty immoral references and language.
I have to say that my favourite part was Robyn, the preacher’s daughter. I love the way she was always at the others to quit swearing. It made my day: I could identify with her. And she was so nice… I loved her character.
The acting was really good. The way everyone responded to their circumstances was so realistic. Like when Ellie blew someone up. She wasn’t okay. Writers and movie makers love to gloss over stuff like that…but a big part of the movie was deciding if it was okay for them to be doing what they did. And when Corrie’s oh-so-devoted boyfriend came to crunch time (stay with his girl, or run), he ran. So, so realistic.
That brings me to the romance element. Yes, it was very romantic. But there was no “bad” scenes in it. I’d heard there was a lot of that in the books, but none in the movie. That impressed me. There were a few references, though.
It contained violence (it’s a war) and it was action-packed. I like a good action movie, and it was a very good action movie. It’s fast-paced and nail-biting. It does contain swearing, and it’s quite strong (that’s probably why I liked Robyn so much–she didn’t swear.)
It’s got a pretty heavy theme: is violence okay to keep yourself alive? Robyn said no. The rest said yes. And by the end, everyone agreed. I think that was the point of Robyn, actually. She was there for contrast.
I’d recommended it. But I can easily see why it’s rated M.