23 February 2013

Quickie Movie Review: "Snowbound"

Synopsis: It's 1990.  Jim and Jennifer Stolpa are en route to a funeral, when they and their infant son Clayton get stranded in the middle of nowhere.  Without today's conveniences--iPads, cell phones, Blackberries, etc.--they can only depend on themselves to make it out all right.  Jim's parents are worried sick, and contact the police department, but they aren't much help.  When Jim's father takes it public, people from all over reach out to find the young married couple and their baby...but will it be too late? Based on a true story.

Review: What a treat this one was.  Snowbound is both a testament to human survival and a portrait of a loving family.  Despite its age, this flick will definitely tug at your heartstrings, even more so because it's not fiction.  It's probably only worth a rental, but it's definitely a little-known gem that is worth seeing at least once.

Content Concerns: A scant few profanities, references to a place called "Hell's Creek," and discussion/implication of a woman nursing a baby are as bad as it gets.  However, some viewers might be repulsed by two scenes that briefly show a frostbitten foot, and the emotional intensity might be a bit much for some young children.  Nothing goes past "PG" territory, though.

Score: 4/5

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