(2021) (Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A boy seeks out a mysterious and supposedly immortal legend in hopes that he might hold the answer to his mother's terminal illness.
Gunner Boone (LONNIE CHAVIS) is a boy who's recently moved to a small town in Oregon with his mom, Mary (ROSARIO DAWSON), and dad, Amos (DAVID OYELOWO). While he's not close to the latter who's been away in the Navy, Gunner is with his mom and thus is concerned about her serious illness that's brought Amos back home.
Accordingly, Gunner's concern has manifested itself in the graphic novel comics that he pens and the themes of death. While doing some research, he comes across notes written by the local funeral director, Jim Bussey (ALFRED MOLINA), about a mysterious but legendary figure known as the Water Man who allegedly survived a flood long ago and has ever since been searching for his dead wife to bring her back to life.
That somewhat jives with a story that Gunner earlier heard from a local girl, Jo Riley (AMIAH MILLER), who claims she had a run-in with the Water Man and charges other kids for additional details. Thinking that figure might possess a cure that could save his mom, Gunner ponies up not for more of the story, but instead for Jo to take him into the woods to find him. Always willing to take the cash, she agrees, and they set out for the woods, but when he doesn't come home, Amos contacts Sheriff Goodwin (MARIA BELLO) about him missing.
With a growing wildfire in the forest where the kids are somewhere located, she, Amos, and Mary hope they can be found in time, much like Gunner desires to find the Water Man and his potential cure.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Some might since it features kids in the lead roles.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic content, scary images, peril, and some language.
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