Gerard Butler makes for a fine biologist and action hero, having to alternate between American and Scottish accents.  Jodie Foster plays a good, terrified recluse who must come out of her shell to save the day.  And whoever trained the jungle and sea animals needs an Oscar!

Though parts of the story seem familiar (wasn’t the writer in Romancing the Stone called upon to become an adventuress, too?), there are many sweet and unique aspects to the story that will render it an appealing choice for spring moviegoers.


  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Tourists on beach enjoy their drinks at a party.
  • Language/Profanity:  Instances of “Oh my God!” and “My God.”
  • Sex/Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  Mostly comedic or Indiana Jones-type action.  For example, at one point reptiles are flung onto screaming tourists.  Other scary images might include the storms at sea, a boat being torn apart, a frightening airplane and helicopter ride, an exploding volcano, etc.
  • Worldview:  Generally positive, with a “Look for the hero within” message.  One incident involves a man crying out, “Mother Nature, help me!”