In Frank Marshall's inspirational adventure movie, based on a 1983 Japanese blockbuster, a team of intrepid sled dogs marooned in Antarctica struggles to survive winter without benefit of man or Milk-Bone. Beautifully trained, these eight gorgeous huskies upstage the two-legged actors of the piece (notably, Into the Blue star Paul Walker) with the ease of Rin Tin Tin. Unfortunately, the film proceeds on two tracks -- the compelling tale of the dogs' struggle to endure, and the much less interesting one about their musher's guilt and trauma over having abandoned them. Had it with the whole penguin thing? Despite its faults, this film offers new insights into the codes of animal behavior. Special kudos to Hollywood dog trainer Mike Alexander.
Director: Frank Marshall
Writer: Mike Rich and David DiGilio
Producer: Patrick Crowley, David Hoberman, Doug Davison, Christine Iso, Masaru Kakutani and Todd Lieberman
Cast: Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Gerard Plunkett, August Schellenberg, Wendy Crewson, Panou, Connor Levins, Malcolm Stewart, Megan McKinnon and Belinda Metz