18 February 2009

DVD: "Six Days, Seven Nights"

Six Days, Seven Nights
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Written by Michael Browning
Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer, Temuera Morrison
DVD Release Date: 8 December 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Language, Sensuality and Brief Violence)
List Price: $14.99
Cinescopes Personality Types: Chosen Adventurer, Vivacious Romantic

The Film
Dorky Frank (Schwimmer) takes Robin (Heche) to the tropics as part of an elaborately orchestrated proposal.  Robin's boss, however, insists that she hop a quick flight to Tahiti to oversee a photo shoot for their magazine.  Though reluctant to spoil her stay in paradise, Robin acquieces, but soon discovers only one pilot willing and able to fly her to Tahiti that night: Quinn (Ford).  They take off in a storm and are forced to land on an unidentified island with little hope of rescue.  Once they witness an act of piracy, though, their differences become secondary to their desperate attempt to leave the island safely.

Six Days, Seven Nights was released so early in the production of DVDs that it was among the titles available for free during a promotion to entice consumers to purchase a DVD player in the late 1990s.  Consequently, the only bonus feature is the original theatrical trailer.  Hopefully this will one day receive a deluxe treatment with at least a commentary track.

The Recommendation
Despite the premise sounding like the set up of a thriller, this is largely a comedy with a dash of an action/adventure film.  What makes Six Days, Seven Nights work is that Harrison Ford, after years of playing intelligence operatives and presidents, returned to playing a scoundrel.  Quinn sits comfortably beside Han Solo and Bob Falfa in Ford's filmography; in fact, by this point in his career, Quinn might be argued as being against type for Ford.  His every word drips sarcasm, and yet he remains endearing throughout.  It's scenic, it's fun and it's at least worthy of a rental.

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