The family adventure film "White Captive" was released on the screens of cinemas in 2006 and immediately won the love and recognition of the audience. The original name is "Eight Below." The picture is rightfully considered one of the best film works about animals, but few people know that the plot is based on a real story, which inspired director Frank Marshall to create his masterpiece.
The film takes place in Antarctica at one of the polar stations. The main way to travel in the north - dog sledding. You can drive them where heavy equipment will not work, and people use it with success. Conventionally, the entire film can be divided into two parts.
According to the American scientist Davis McLaren, a meteorite that once fell to the earth, which is of great value to science, is located near this polar station. A conductor, Jerry Shepherd, sets off in search of him with a scientist. But since weather conditions do not allow you to get to the crash site on all-terrain vehicles, you have to move on a dog sled.
It consists of eight Siberian huskies (husky), with which the hero introduces the viewer at the very beginning of the film "White Captivity". Each dog has its own nickname. Four-legged characters are also different. The team has:
- strong man;
- twin brothers;
- young inexperienced dog;
- old smart dog;
- two driven dogs.
With every minute, the White Captive movie about huskies reveals the depth of intelligence and character traits of each of these animals . If at the very beginning the viewer thinks that the main character is a person, then closer to the middle he understands - this is not entirely true.
But to say that "White Captivity" is a film only about huskies is also impossible. In the first half of the story, the viewer sees the relationship and mutual assistance of people and dogs. The friendly and well-coordinated work of the entire team more than once helps to avoid mortal danger.
Despite the sharp deterioration in weather conditions, the expedition's task was completed - a meteorite was found, everyone got to the station alive. But people urgently need medical attention, and there is not enough space on the plane to take the dogs with them, so it was decided to leave them on a leash and take them out in a few days . However, the storm, which was played out in earnest, prevented this, and the dogs were left alone in the north, fastened tightly to the chain.
Alone in the snow
It is in the second part of the film that the main plot develops. On the one hand, viewers are shown the main character - a guide Jerry Shepherd, who is experiencing the throes of conscience for the dogs left at the base. He is trying to return for them, but a number of circumstances prevent him from doing this.
On the other hand, dogs are shown that, having waited a person for more than a week, still break loose and try to survive. At the very beginning of the eight dogs, only seven remain. The oldest dog could not be free, so she died of hunger.
The rest of the pack is trying to survive and find food. The flock is led by Maya, the only female. She teaches her relatives to hunt and come to the rescue of each other. But, despite all her efforts, one dog nevertheless perishes, having torn from a height.
In the film, the scene of farewell to the deceased friend of the rest of the pack is well beaten. She will not be able to leave indifferent even a person with very strong nerves.
This has been going on for almost five months. Dogs are trying to survive. But their owner, already losing hope of catching his four-legged friends alive, still finds the opportunity to assemble an expedition to the north. He is assisted by friends with whom he was at the base, and a scientist whose dogs' lives were saved several times on an expedition.
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At this time (in a clash with an inhabitant of the local fauna) Maya is injured. Her paw is damaged, so she cannot hunt. The youngest member of the pack takes on the role of leader - a dog named Max. Under his leadership, the dogs not only continue to survive, but also take care of the wounded Maya. They bring her food, and at night they warm their bodies from the wind and cold.
This moment of the film, as it were, tells the viewer that the four-legged friends of a person are not just animals. They are quite human qualities:
- mutual assistance;
The film ends well. The owner returns, and all the dogs, except for the dead members of the pack, return with him to the mainland.
At the very end, the viewer is shown a wooden cross with the collars of two non-surviving dogs hung on it. It serves as a kind of symbol of memory for all four-legged friends of a person who died in the north.
As already mentioned, the film about dogs "White Captive" is based on the real story of the expedition of Japanese scientists. And this is not the first movie shot based on it. Japanese director Kurahara made a film called Antarctica, which was a huge success domestically, but unfortunately did not appear on world screens.
Meanwhile, the real story of the survival of dogs in the north took place in 1958. As shown in the film, scientists had to leave the dogs on a leash and fly away due to bad weather conditions. But then there were fifteen dogs, not eight, and people returned not six months later, but only after a year. True, in life, the finale was less rosy than the film: of the fifteen dogs, only two survived. But even the fact that the animals survived in such adverse conditions without the help of humans is already amazing. Scientists still cannot explain how this is possible.
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One of the surviving dogs died a year after the rescue. This happened on another expedition. And the second successfully lived her dog life at Hokkaido University and died of old age in 1970.
The Walt Disney Company did not dare to make this film for a long time, because the conditions for the implementation of the project were very unfavorable. The first director was Bruce Hendricks, but the shooting had to be curtailed for an indefinite period, since the budget of the film did not fit in the budget.
About six years have passed from the moment the idea arose until the shooting was completed. Another director, Marshall, was finishing shooting the film. He found a more profitable platform for work in Canada, which allowed him to keep within a much smaller budget.
Despite this, "White Captivity" was well received by the viewer. In the ratings of films about animals, he still occupies the first lines, although 12 years have passed since the moment he appeared on the big screen.
The film is definitely recommended for viewing. It is ideal for family pastime, as it will be equally interesting to people of all ages.