PG | 92 min | Friday, March 1, 1991
With an almost innocent aura about it that is reminiscent of earlier Disney classic adventure films, 1990's Shipwrecked from Walt Disney Pictures thoroughly entertains without resorting to predictability or "bells and whistles."
The story is a fairly familiar one; Boy sets off to sea in the hopes of finding fortune in order to help his struggling family only to wind up "shipwrecked" on a picturesque South Pacific island. The "deserted" island, quite naturally, is inhabited by not only various wild animals (including a gorilla), but is also visited frequently by ill-intentioned pirates. Gabriel Byrne, as the pirate leader, is effectively understated with his portrayal.
Although fairly predictable, Shipwrecked manages to hold viewers captive with both "natural" performances by the cast and the undeniable beauty of the Fiji Islands setting.
Norwegian director Nils Gaup (who also wrote the screenplay) is to be commended for crafting a nice little movie that appeals to all audiences.
Disney Movie Rating:
76.42 out of 100. Total of 23 votes.
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