A low budget family adventure tale, WHITE WOLVES: A CRY IN THE WILD II delivers modest but surprisingly solid entertainment with little violence.
Jake, affectionately known as Mr. B (Matt McCoy), leads a group of five teens, the White Wolves, on an Outward Bound-style wilderness expedition. His partner, Miss Baldwin, leads a second group, the Apaches, off on another trail. Cara (Ami Dolenz) is rich and spoiled, while her sister Pandra's
(Amy O'Neill) shyness sometimes leads her to awkward gaffes. Benny (Marc Riffon), whose father is in jail, has a chip on his shoulder. Adam (David Moscow) and Scott (Mark Paul Gosselaar), the most experienced camper in the group, horse around and compete good-naturedly for the girls' attentions.
The youngsters raft, squabble, hike, camp and flirt. Cara accuses Benny of stealing, and later leaves their food where a bear gets it. Adam romances Cara and has an anxiety attack on a mountainside, and Benny sulks and complains that he wants to go home. Mr. B. tells them the story of how, as a
teenager, he was stranded in the wilderness and saved from a marauding bear by a white wolf; they think he's joking until a wolf's cry pierces the darkness. Everything is good fun until, two days into the trip, Mr. B. falls off a cliff.
The campers set out to search, and eventually find him, badly wounded but alive. Their radio broken, they must make some difficult decisions. They construct a stretcher and start back, badly slowed by the injured man; after they miss a rendezvous with the Apaches and are attacked by a bear,
Benny and Pandra sneak off by themselves, hoping to catch up with the Apaches. Just when they think they're hopelessly lost, the white wolf appears and shows them the way to the river, where they're picked up by a helicopter patrol. Everyone is rescued, and Benny catches a last glimpse of the wolf
as they're flown out by helicopter.
A straight-to-video production, WHITE WOLVES was intended for the burgeoning family film market, and offers five squeaky clean teens forced to learn the usual lessons--not to judge one another by appearances, the importance of teamwork, that everybody can't be the boss, etc.--in an attractively
photographed wilderness setting. Though there's virtually no swearing, absolutely no sex and only occasional (and mild) violence, WHITE WOLVES is a film that's suitable for children without being intolerable to adults. It's no ALIVE (Donner party joke at the outset notwithstanding), but the
campers' dilemma is appropriately tense, and the mystical white wolf appears infrequently enough that it doesn't degenerate into howling cliche. Good performances from the attractive cast round out the package nicely. (Adult situations.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: NR
- Review: A low budget family adventure tale, WHITE WOLVES: A CRY IN THE WILD II delivers modest but surprisingly solid entertainment with little violence. Jake, affectionately known as Mr. B (Matt McCoy), leads a group of five teens, the White Wolves, on an Outw… (more)