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When you decide to watch all the theatrically-released Disney movies, you’re bound to come across some that you dread watching. For some, it may be the westerns. For me, it’s the ones featuring non-speaking animals doing things!
And today’s film is one of those! I honestly didn’t know anything about the Benji franchise prior to watching this film, but I guess the franchise was popular enough to have Disney be involved in one of the films! I’m not sure exactly how involved they were, but I’m going to review the film anyway! Rest comfortably as I try to speed through Benji the Hunted.
And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD!
At the beginning of the film, we see a live news report about the famous movie star dog, Benji, who has gone missing after the boat he was on capsized in stormy waters. A search and rescue mission is currently underway, but we soon see our protagonist, Benji, played by Benjean (the daughter of Higgins, the original Benji) wash ashore somewhere.
Benji tries to find his way home having to walk through a nearby forest to do so, but soon comes upon an unfriendly, injured mountain lion. As Benji keeps walking, he soon discovers the mountain lion’s kittens and takes it upon himself to take care of the cubs and reunite them with their
mother father parent.
And that’s pretty much the entire film: watching Benji try to reunite the cubs with the mountain lion while being chased by multiple predators including a human hunter, a bear, and a big, bad wolf.
A couple of times, Benji notices the helicopter that’s come to look for him, but his duty towards the kittens comes first. In the end, Benji reunites the cubs with the mountain lion and we see the helicopter arise on a cliff near to where Benji is laying down.
And that was Benji the Hunted, and my gosh, was it boring! I’m not saying it’s a bad film if you like watching animals do things (as these animals were all trained incredibly well), but it just bored me! I had to watch the film at a faster speed and since there was barely any dialogue, I didn’t miss out on anything. If you like animals, you may like it, otherwise I’d say hunt down another film for movie night!
So, my final score for this film is 20/35 = 57.14% (F) !
The next review will be posted on November 26, 2019.