This is about growing up and giving back to your people. It's about honor and respect for yourself,
others, and the Creator. Joe Logan (Brandon Routh), who has it made in the tangible world, is spiritually lacking. His old world and new world ways do not mesh comfortably. Joe is volun-told to coach the local high school lacrosse team as a part of his spiritual growth and to obtain the tangible things he is after. So, his father (Gil Birmingham) and sister Nadie (Chelsea Ricketts) gather to support his spiritual growth journey. "Grandmother", his spiritual guide, acts subtly and not-so-subtly as his subconscious to help him stay on his path. Grandmother is played by Betty Deer -- she is awesome! Excellent movie for family viewing.
The visual effects, animation, and characters were good. But I don't care much for game theory
applied as if it were a storyline. It's redundant and tiresome. Every time the characters turn around there's another obstacle to overcome. As soon as they overcome the obstacle, guess what - another obstacle! It's not as fun to watch as a good adventure story. This isn't the first one of these I've seen, and I didn't like the other one too much either. What may work for online games, just doesn't work for movies.
Great adventure story with good scripting and believable acting. No doubt this film belongs with
other children's adventure classics, such as Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe, and Treasure Island. Dwayne Johnson as "Hank" was a good dad to an obnoxious stepson. Vanessa Hudgins and Luis Guzman made a great father-daughter team. The visual effects are really good, and some of the "scenery" is beautiful (I can hardly wait for the jigsaw puzzles). This movie is great for kids, grandparents, and single parents with children. Likely it is acceptable to those parents who monitor their children's viewing.
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