A good movie with great visuals
retrowens | Alabama, USA | 12/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe that "Alaska" isn't getting better reviews than it is. A movie doesn't have to be one of the best ever to be a great movie. I thought it was a good all around movie. Two teens go on a search for their father after his plane crashes and the police show that they're not willing to search for him as much as the kids think they should be. Along the way, the kids run into poachers and they find a friendly polar bear that follows them the rest of the way trying to protect them. They have to find their father and then figure out a way to rescue him."Alaska" works well as a good adventure movie and it realistically shows family drama at the beginning of the movie. Surprisingly, parts of it such as when the kids are trying to save their dad, are even exciting. All the way through the movie you'll see spectacular scenery, which goes along great with the plot. Myself, I liked "Alaska" and I don't see why a lot of people don't like it that much, except for maybe that they're expecting too much from the movie. Just don't watch "Alaska" and expect it to be like a movie blockbuster, just watch it like it's a regular Tv movie, and you should like it pretty well. I recommend this movie for anybody."
Alaska : Decent Adventure Fare
Yendor | Gilroy, CA United States | 01/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ALASKA is a good ol', straight forward, adventure film reminiscent of the type of programming shown on THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY tv anthology show back in the 60's and 70's. Good,solid, family entertainment with great location shots of the Alaskan wilderness. While delivering supplies, bush pilot Jake Barnes' (Dirk Benedict) plane is downed during a snow storm. Then, his son and daughter, Sean and Jessie, (Vincent Kartheiser and Thora Birch) take it upon themselves to find him and trek through the remote Alaskan wilderness and rivers. They run into two poachers (Perry and Ben) and let loose an illegally captive baby polar bear. The cub immediately 'adopts' the two kids as his new friends and follows them on their trek. Not too complicated, but entertaining nontheless with some narrow escapes and decent action sequences along with some light emotional scenes. Good to see actor Dirk Benedict (A-TEAM, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) doing some work along with veteran Charlton Heston in an uncharacteristic villian role as one of the poachers. He's probably in the film because his son Fraser C. Heston directed."
Great adventure for little adveturers
Christian Pelchat | 01/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sure this isn't an epic film that will rival the "Ten Commandments;" and knowing the Republican mind of gun toting Charleston Heston I am sure that this was an effort to keep his kid, the director of the film, off the dreaded bread lines in east L.A. But all in all this is a film that has kept my six year old grandson and my eight year old grand daughter glued to the TV/VCR when they come over the house for some fun times. I have a formidable collection of kids' videos, but the one that has just about worn out because it has been viewed so often is our copy of Alaska. This is a soft story of a crisis in a kid's world that challenges the kids involved to rise above it, and eventually with patience, time, ingenuity, and perseverence the problem is solved. What more do we want to have our children and grandchildren see happen? Too much realism destroys dreams, and dreams are what make things happen. Besides Charlton portrays a gun toting bad guy and that is worth the price of the video to see."
Lightweight Adventure film.
Christian Pelchat | Canada. | 01/25/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"When a Pilot (Dirk Benedict) Crash landed in the mountains of British Columbia, there`s no way, he could contact someone to help him or getting out of the mountain. When the father kids (Vincent Kartheiser & Thora Birch) are sure, they could help thier father, while they are followed by a Orphaned Cup. When an Animal Hunter (Oscar-Winner:Charlton Heston) is seaching for the Cub and Wanting the Kill the Animal.Directed by Fraser Clarke Heston (Needful Things) has made an entertaining (At times unbelivable) adventure for the whole family, This film has gorgeous Panoramic shots of Glaciers and Forests are all in a Plus. This is a very underrated film. The young and old will have a good time with this. DVD is also in Widescreen and it has Pan & Scan format. Super 35. Grade:B."