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Dakota Goyo in The Journey Home, an underwhelming film where the life lessons and Inuit-way tutorials feel as forced as the sappy soundtrack.

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1 out of 4 stars

Directed by
Roger Spottiswoode
Starring
Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic
Country
USA
Language
English

On a snow-blinding northern Canada landscape dotted with polar bears but remarkably free of Coca-Cola refreshments, an unfortunate low-budget nature film posing as a family action adventure takes place.

A boy is lost on the ice, his only companion a polar bear cub similarly separated from its mother.

Small drama and unconvincing acting happen – the phenomenally jet-black hair of hunky Goran Visnjic (playing a savvy semi-Inuit tracker) lights up the screen.

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The soundtrack is sappy and conspicuous; the life lessons and Inuit-way tutorials feel just as forced.

"Might as well enjoy the view while we're here," says boy to bear, and that's probably the best advice to viewers of this underwhelming feature, too.

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