The Death-Defying Fall of Mr. B
Andrew Beaton | Venice, CA | 12/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's a film out there that combines teen themes with the white-knuckle adventure of a life-and-death struggle in the wilderness, that augments great acting with a brilliant script and top-notch production values. "White Wolves - Cry in the Wild II" is not that film. Instead, it's a poorly assembled movie that is most notable for its baffling scenes and characterizations - some that will make you scratch your head and others that will make you burst out laughing.
White Wolves starts innocently enough, with a crew of rowdy teens embarking on a camping trip with woodsman and role model Mr. B (Matt McCoy) as their guide. But after some mountaintop horseplay goes awry, Mr. B falls approximately twenty thousand feet to the ground below, crashing through trees and caroming off of boulders on his way down -- and somehow survives. Believe me when I say that this is easily the funniest plummet I have seen in a film since Sly lost his grip on that girl in "Cliffhanger".
The teens have to rescue Mr. B, and each has his or her own style, which leads to frequent clashes. Scott (Zach Morris) is an authoritarian thug who almost murders dweeby Adam (David Moscow) in a rage. Cara (Amy Dolenz) is distraught when Mr. B's accident seriously cuts into her flirting schedule. Benny (Marc Riffon) is a malcontent delinquent who can hardly function without his father figure. And Pandra (Amy O'Neill) is the weirdest one of all, as demonstrated by a "romantic" scene in which she and Adam confess their attraction to each other. It's quite possibly one of the strangest moments of teen love ever captured on film.
Just when you think this movie can't get any more weirdly, bizarrely entertaining, with ghostly white wolves appearing and disappearing and Mark-Paul Gosselaar ranting and raving, the kids get attacked by a BEAR!! You need to watch this scene in slow motion, which is where its fakeness and sheer absurdity really shines through.
"White Wolves - Cry in the Wild II" is so bad it's good, and by that I mean it's awesome."