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Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage

Directed by "Fly Me To The Moon" helmer Ben Stassen, "Sammy`s Adventures: The Secret Passage" (previously "Around The World In 50 Years") is the life story of a sea turtle, from his birth in 1959 to his adulthood in 2009, featuring the voice of Isabelle Fuhrman, who played little Esther in "Orphan". As he scrambles to the sea shortly after his birth on a Californian beach, Sammy the sea turtle finds and loses the love of his life, a pretty hatchling called Shelly (Fuhrman). On the epic journey across the oceans that all turtles accomplish before returning to the beach where they were born, Sammy dodges every danger in the hope of meeting Shelly again. With best buddy Ray, he sees close-up how humans are hurting the planet and battles piranhas while looking for a mysterious secret passage that will lead him back to Shelly.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 7 Oct 2010
Genre: Adventure / 3D / Animation / Family
Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN SCREEN CINEMAS
Cast: Isabelle Fuhrman, Jenny McCarthy, Tim Curry, Hu Mei
Director: Ben Stassen
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Finding Nemo”, “A Shark Tale”

Here's what this English-dubbed Belgian animation is in one word - a snooze-fest (is that two word?).

The most suitable audience for this movie is below 12. Unless you are a kindergarten teacher, a parent with children below the age of puberty, a wildlife enthusiast, an environmentalist or someone who is generally obsessed with anything 3D, this movie is not for you. This will also be an excruciating hour-and-a-half experience for the lovers of Pixar or DreamWorks animations who are so used to the snarky dialogue and continuous comedy those two big names are known for.

As we have already excluded who should not watch this, now let's talk about what this movie is all about. "Sammy's Adventure: The Secret Passage" is not in any way related to Crush the Turtle from "Finding Nemo" (dude!) It takes you (or more like educates you) on a journey within the life-span of a turtle in the ocean - from the time it hatches to its peak age of 50, or in this case from the point of view of one named Sammy.

The movie is sweet and Sammy is one cute little green turtle, but it ends there. There are no memorable characters - from Roy, the turtle-with-attitude (a very cliche characters with Afro American slangs), to Fluffy the Cat (a cat with a fake French accent, not entirely on purpose), most of them are typecasts of animation. The dubbings are too expressive that it reminds you of those interactive preschoolers show or straight-to-DVDs "Barbie Adventures", somehow robbing the movie from any voice-over versatilities.

The plot is questionable. The Secret Passage as the title suggests only last for twenty minutes, and the rest of it is just an amazing 3D show with neither much character development nor any laugh-out-loud moments.

"Sammy's Adventures" however is a good film for you to educate people about issues such as illegal whaling, ocean pollution due to oil spills and ocean littering, and at the same time it tries to inform you (with not much subtlety) about the existence of animal shelters and various efforts to save the ocean throughout the years. The animation itself is breathtaking (especially the underwater scenes) and the soundtrack that comes with it consists of some great classic songs.

Cinema Online, 05 October 2010

   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P12 - Parental guidance required for audiences under the age of 12.
13 - For audiences aged 13 years old and above.
16 - For audiences aged 16 years old and above.
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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