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Eight Below

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.
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