Eight Below

2006 • 120 minutes
4.7
642 reviews
73%
Tomatometer
PG
Rating
Eligible
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Walt Disney Pictures presents EIGHT BELOW, the thrilling tale of incredible friendship between eight amazing sled dogs and their guide Jerry (Paul Walker). Stranded in Antarctica during the most unforgiving winter on the planet, Jerry's beloved sled dogs must learn to survive together until Jerry -- who will stop at nothing -- rescues them. Driven by unwavering bonds of friendship, enormous belief in one another, and tremendous courage, Jerry and the dogs make an incredible journey to reunite in this triumphant and inspiring action-adventure the whole family will treasure.
Rating
PG
4.7
642 reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
December 28, 2021
Inspired by true events and the remake of "Antarctica (1983)", the courage and spirit of the adorable sled dogs has inspired this spectacular, amazing movie. I have cared for every single character in this film, including the sled dogs (six Siberian Huskies and two Alaskan Malamutes). Their performances is what makes them so much fun to watch; The actors on set were so enthusiastic and having the times of their lives doing their work, and they really know how to make an example of great acting for a family friendly movie without moping and doping and being stupidly silly. And what makes the human characters and the dogs so much fun to watch is the chemistry between each other and it was handled masterfully. The characters that I adored is Jerry Shepard (Paul Walker), Charlie Cooper (Jason Biggs), and of course, the dogs themselves. Jerry is very likable, he cares deeply about his dogs, he even see's his dogs as his own kids, but not in a human way, he also cares for his friends, especially for Dr. Davis McClaren. Charlie Cooper is the character that I find hilarious and so amusing; I laughed a lot. The sub-plot with the dogs is captivating and adorable to watch. I really felt for these dogs as they were curled up and tucked in their fluffy bodies like fur-balls in the snow, while nasty snowy blizzard blows along, and trying to survive on their own using their wolf-like instincts that has a family vibe to it as they were trying to stick together and having a sense of compassion. No Spoilers, but there is a thrilling scene involving a Leopard Seal, and it was absolutely breathtaking. I wish there would be a thing called "Oscars for the creatures", because the dogs were very well trained and they have delivered great performances. The film has great cinematography and emotional imagery that is memorable and was scripted wonderfully for such an incredible screenplay. The director (Frank Marshall) really gets involved with his direction for this enterprise, and he did such a great job with his craftsmanship, from the beautiful, spectacular cinematography of Antarctica, how he handles the performances for the actors, and even the great witty comedy in this film, and speaking of comedy, the humor is sharp, uplifting, and clever; the comedy was superbly executed in terms of the quick pacing, the utilized tone, the clever script-writing, and even the rhythm. And I laughed heartily and loud. That is how great the comedy is. What really enhances the movie is the emotional music score by Mark Ishman. His score for this film was a wonderful support for the movies's genre of family-friendly adventure. During the pathos, the score sounds heart-wrenching due to the rich notes on the piano and the soft string ensemble, during the adventure aspects of the film, the score sounds ambitious, lively, and upbeat, during the action sequences, the score sounds intense and climactic. The entire score for this film is an asset (a useful thing/quality that provides a benefit). This film has been an emotionally delightful experience for me, and it has engrossed me and exhilarated me from beginning to end, and this would definitely be a vastly entertaining movie for kids (ages 8 and up) and adults. To conclude: With a dramatic two-hour story that is utterly compelling, "Eight Below" (directed masterfully by Frank Marshall) is an emotionally delightful treat for families with likable characters, and an excellent score by Mark Ishman. Highly Recommended.
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Jordan Irwin
April 6, 2018
A great movie to watch with children & family. It's fun to learn about Paul Walker's relationship with the dogs during filming too. I only just learned a couple years ago what a malamute is as I took care of my neighbor's for a summer. Very loving dogs bred for companionship & love to run & work.
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andrea roberts
February 21, 2016
I caught this movie by accident. By the end I was crying like a baby. I could totally relate to the main character's desire to rescue his dogs. I had never seen the Fast and Furious movies so I didn't know who Paul Walker was. Unfortunately I saw the movie after his death. This movie is a wondeful legacy.
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