(a.k.a. A Cry In The Wild II:
Cast: Ami Dolenz, Matt McCoy, David Moscow
A teacher takes five teenagers (four rich snots and one
poor boy) into
the wilderness. Yes, you've guessed pretty much the rest of the events
of White Wolves, an overall acceptably executed movie,
with nothing to make you go out of your way to watch it.
Do all teenager-in-the-wilderness movies have to follow
Well, the movie is produced by Julie Corman, Roger's wife, and they say
the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Actually, I bet if Roger had
produced this movie, he would have chosen to make it into:
"kids-run-from-mad-killer or group-of-militia / terrorists/hiding
criminals/etc." Though that would have meant to -gasp!- spend more
to hire a bigger cast to provide cannon fodder. Nope, better to make it
family-friendly and cheaper.
So maybe you can't do much with this setting and opening
Still, with a good director, script, and actors, you could conceivably
add excitement and sympathetic characters amidst the scenery. Not here
- the effort overall seems to have been to make it generic.
I have to write a review of decent length, so I guess
I'll be forced
to describe the plot: As we know, a teacher and five teenagers enter
wilderness on a expedition. Though I haven't seen the previous movie,
seems from what I know about it, the teacher is the grown-up child who
was lost previously. (He mentions this story to the teenagers, and how
he was assisted by a white wolf.)
Naturally, the poor teenager isn't treated well by the
rest of the teens,
and he has an attitude problem to boot. Later in the journey, the
falls off a cliff. When the teenagers find the teacher the next day (in
a surprisingly well directed and acted scene), the teenagers find they
have to - let's all say it together now! - "...put aside their
differences and work together to save the life of their dying teacher.
And the teenager who decides to go and fetch help is the poor teenager."
(Actually, one of the rich female teenagers insists on going along as
but I'll still give you a passing grade)
Acting from the amateur cast ranges from good to
- sometimes in the same scene. We are treated to some nice scenery,
a white wolf and a savage bear. Curiously, you never see any of the
in any of these animal shots, making me suspect if it's recycled
from the first movie (and this wouldn't be the first time a Corman
has done something like this).
As I implied in the opening, White Wolves certainly
the worst movie following this formula. But you've seen it before.
if you don't mind seeing it again......
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See also: Bad Company, Escape To Grizzly Mountain, Seven Alone