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Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014) – Movie Review

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014)
Stars: Val Kilmer, Katherine McNamara, Jake T. Austin, Joel Courtney, Kaloian Vodenicharov
IMDB Rating: 6.4
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Plot: The adventure unfolds as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn – Tom’s friend from the streets – witness a murder in the graveyard. Tom and Huck flee to Jackson Island and make a pact never to tell anyone about the incident. However, when the good-natured Muff Potter, who has been blamed for the murder is sentenced to death by hanging, Tom breaks his promise and returns to exonerate Muff Potter. In jun Joe, the actual murderer, makes a hasty exit from the courtroom during the trial. A short time later, Tom and Huck find references to a treasure and have to face Injun Joe again.

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2014)

Review: I have always liked a good Mark Twain story, and even moreso, the adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. I remember watching the TV series in 1980, before I would make the 15 mile hike to school through treacherous backwoods, through alligator infested swamps… nah just kidding 🙂  I did walk to school which was about 5 minutes walk, but in those days when I was young, I would re-enact some adventures in my mind and imagine I was there with the lads, having adventures of my own.

So when I came across this pearl, I naturally got excited as a child at a free “all you can eat” candy shop. 🙂

The film opens with Mark Twain (Val Kilmer) recounting a story to his grand-kids, and hence the adventure of Huck and Tom continue. In this installment of the much loved tale, Tom and Huck find themselves in a graveyard at midnight, and there they witness Injun Joe (Kaloian Vodenicharov) carry out a murder. Fearing for their own safety, Tom and Huck make a vow of secrecy to never tell a sole. However, that is easier said than done when Muff Potter is the scapegoat and framed for murder. The boys take it upon themselves to clear Potter’s good name by any means necessary, even if it means putting themselves in the firing line if Injun Joe.

Needless to say, the boys get themselves into all kinds of misadventures in this film, and show that boys will be boys in a time when it was all cool to run around town with no shoes, and sleep out in the woods 🙂

A couple of memorable scenes is when Tom (Joel Courtney) has to paint the picket fence, then he easily cons a few other boys to paint it for him, for a price (nicely done Tom); And in a later scene, when he gets “engaged” to Becky (Katherine McNamara), then makes the reference of when he was engaged to another girl 🙂

The acting by Jake T. Austin (as Huck Finn), and Joel Courtney is wonderful in this adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel.

I would have given this film a higher score, but I did feel that the casting choice for the role of Injun Joe was not as good as what it could have been, if they would have given the role to a native American to preserve the authenticity of the character.

Verdict: Good family entertainment for all!
My Rating: 8 out of 10

 

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The Thaw – Movie Review

The Thaw – Written & Directed by Mark A. Lewis. Starring Val Kilmer.

Tagline: This spring, the sacrifice begins…

The Thaw is more suspense than it is horror. The CGI bugs are barely convincing enough, and other effects are good, but there is definitely a comparison to other films and TV shows like The Thing and X-Files.
The story starts with Kilmer and his team, beginning the movie’s more mysterious element. It then switches to the students for their rather straightforward horror-genre struggle against the bugs. The Kilmer part of the story is revisited in the end, to wrap up the mystery with a twist.
While this movie is not one of the best Val Kilmer movies I have seen, it will entertain some for 90 minutes.
Synopsis: At a remote Arctic research station, four ecology students discover the real horror of global warming is not the melting ice, but what’s frozen within it. A prehistoric parasite is released from the carcass of a Woolly Mammoth upon the unsuspecting students who are forced to quarantine and make necessary sacrifices, or risk infecting the rest of the world.

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