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A rousing romance
on 30 April 2016
Harrison Ford plays doctor turned tree surgeon Richard Waffler in this hilarious romantic horror. Buddying up for the film is Ford's real life ex, Ellen Degeneres.
The couple are celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary in Thailand and travelling there from America by helicoptor. As it so happens, Waffler also used to be a pilot so he is flying himself and his wife and their two great danes. Disaster strikes though when Waffler accidently flies the helicoptor into a flock of black-faced spoonbills, who are migrating to Asia for the season. The helicoptor lands twenty miles out at sea, but fortunately both of the great danes are ex dog Olympic pro-swimmers, so they manage to carry Waffler and his wife all the way to the shore.
Upon arriving on a deserted island, the couple waste no time going back to basics. Waffler makes them a make-shift house out of vine leaves and seaweed and his wife cooks up some delicious stews made from vine leaves and seaweed.
All is not plain sailing though, as Waffler soon suspects his wife is having an affair, when she disappears for hours on ends every day to the other side of the island to 'look for fresh seaweed.' One day, Waffler decides to follow her but is kidnapped by a grizzly bear en route. What follows is a tense series of events where his wife must decide what is more important, saving her husband or continuing her secret relationship with a blind hermit on the other side of the island (played with affectionate charm by seasoned actor Morgan Freeman.)
A pleasing film, with a beautiful soundtrack. Ford even contributes to the score, the scene where he plays the flute as the helicoptor is hurtling for a crash landing in the ocean is both poignant and dramatic.