(2020) (Devin France, Yashua Mack) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy/Drama: A girl and her brothers end up transported to an island where as long as they think and act like a child, they can stay that way forever.
Wendy (DEVIN FRANCE) is a girl growing up in the South where she and her brothers, Douglas (GAGE NAQUIN) and James (GAVIN NAQUIN), are being raised by their single waitress mom and likely seem destined to grow up in their small town with not much, if any chance of escaping and having a bright future. That, and her mother's confession that any childhood dreams she had of her own have since been replaced with simply wanting to take care of her kids doesn't sit well with Wendy.
And thus when a train passes by on the tracks right outside of her house and she spots the figure of a child running along the tops of the cars, she convinces her brothers to jump onto that with her. There, they meet the carefree and mischievous Peter (YASHUA MACK) who eventually transports them to a faraway tropical volcanic island where a small collection of kids -- including Thomas (KRZYSZTOF MEYN) who previously ran away from a similarly predetermined life facing Wendy and her brothers -- live and play without a care in the world.
Peter, who seems able to communicate with the volcano and surroundings that he's named "mother," tells the newcomers about the few rules of the land. One is to never step foot in the barren part of the island where an old man aimlessly roams about and another is to never stop acting and thinking like a child, lest one grow up. The kids are happy to oblige, but when an apparent tragedy causes those rules to be broken, the lives of the kids as well as their new childhood paradise come into danger.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- The "Peter Pan" inspired story could be enticing to some, while the mostly kid-based cast could draw in others.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For brief violent/bloody images.
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