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Eight Below

True story of a team of sled dogs abandoned and forced to survive an Antarctic winter
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 15, 2006
2.0 2.0 Stars
EIGHT BELOW Guess who gives the best performance.Frank Marshall’s take on the true story of a team of sled dogs abandoned and forced to survive an Antarctic winter follows in the tradition of Milo and Otis and The Incredible Journey and is a remake of Koreyoshi Kurahara’s Antarctica, which held the box-office record for a domestic film in Japan for 14 years. There will be no such success for the Disneyfied version: nary a speck of blood, and only two of the eight dogs die. But the dogs are sweet indeed, and so is expedition leader Jerry (Paul Walker, whose icy blues match those of some of the huskies) and his budding romance with pilot Katie (Moon Bloodgood, a dead ringer for Malibu Barbie). American Pie star Jason Biggs is the goofy cartographer, and he gives the second-best performance after Maya, the lead canine. Marshall was better off when dealing with the dog-eat-dog world of the rugby team stranded in the Andes in his 1993 Alive.
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