Snow, dogs and Paul Walker’s handsome face: Eight Below is the perfect film to watch over the winter holidays. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of an antarctic explorer who is forced to leave behind his team of sled dogs and subsequently tries to get back and rescue them.
Eight Below (2006): Directed by Frank Marshall; running-time 2 hrs; starring Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious), Jason Biggs (American Pie), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator: Salvation), August Schellenberg (Free Willy).
What’s it about? When a scientist (Greenwood) is injured during the oncoming of a brutal blizzard in the antarctic, an explorer (Walker) is forced to leave his team of sled dogs behind. The film is inspired by true events.
What’s it really about? How far are you willing to go for family?
- You’re looking for a family friendly film to watch over the holidays
- You like films about dogs such as K9, Hachiko, or Marley and Me
- But be warned: Just like Marley and Me and Hachiko, Eight Below is devastatingly sad at times. You will find yourself clutching a pillow while sobbing uncontrollably
- You have a deep appreciation for Paul Walker. Eight Below is one of his best performances, not least because Walker loved dogs and really bonded with the huskies he was partnered with during the shoot
- You’re interested in sled dogs, but have never heard about the true events that inspired this film in which case I also recommend the following reading on the Sakhalin sled dogs
- You always wondered what became of Randolph, the Native American spirit guide who helped free Willy the Orca in Free Willy: in Eight Below he is once again advising somebody on animals, this time on huskies
Most memorable scene: When Jerry returns to the camp, he finds the chain he used to restrain the dogs with buried deep in the snow and thinks that all his dogs perished. But then… (Spoilers ahead)
Most memorable quote: “You gotta take chances for the things you care about” – Jerry
Where can I watch? Eight Below is available for streaming on Netflix, Watchever, YouTube, Amazon, and Maxdome.