Six Days, Seven Nights

“I’ve had just about as much vacation as I can stand.”

Six Day and Seven Nights has something for everyone, romance, action, drama – but if Anne Heche & Harrison Ford weren’t attached to this movie, it would be mediocre fare.  In a 1998 USA Today interview, Anne Heche quoted Harrison Ford as saying “when you go to watch me you should be watching who I’m playing, not what you heard about me.” as a response to the extra attention Heche has received for being the first openly gay actress.  Well, Heche delivers a sparkling performance as New York fashion magazine editor Robin Monroe as Ford puts in a nearly equal performance as Quinn Harris, an airplane pilot who like to keep things simple. ” You know how a woman gets a man excited? She shows up. That’s it. We’re guys, we’re easy. Of course for that you can’t charge six bucks an issue, now can you?” says Quinn. Quinn and Robin find extraordinary circumstances can bridge the gap quickly between polar opposites. Their waterfall sequence involving a snake is priceless.

The movie’s dialogue pokes fun at Ford’s persona (he’s a licensed pilot too who gets to helm a DeHavilland Beaver) and sets up interesting, though formulatic romantic play with Heche, but weak scripted scenes between Robin’s fiancé Frank, played by David Schimmer (TV’s  a role anyone could play) and Quinn’s “roommate” Angelica, played by Jacqueline Obradors (TV”s Diagnosis Murder, Battery Park), undermine the film with a weak attempt at an engaging philosophy of relationships between men and women. Obradors even slips and says a line in her native Argentine when her character is supposed to be a native.

The South Seas (South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia) locations impress as director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Dave, Twins, Stripes) and his crew fill the screen with appealing scenes in this unpredictable movie that didn’t really feel formulaic until the end. “This is not a good island for airplanes,” says Robin. This 98-minute adventure comedy is the first screenplay from Michael Browning (Bad Company). Six Days, Seven Nights was filmed on Kaua’i, Hawaii, the same island where the 1976 King Kong movie was filmed.

Temuera Morrison (Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Cliff Curtis (Risen, Live Free or Die Hard), and Danny Trejo (Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Storks) portray a group of robbers who travel by ship …ya know, pirates. They are limiting roles, but Curtis and Morrison even speak Maori, an official language of New Zealand, which boosts the authenticity.

The Randy Edelman musical score is complimented by great songs by Bob Marley (“No Woman No Cry,” “Is This Love”) as well as “Tahiti, Tahiti” plus Taj Mahal’s “The Calypsonians” and “Sacred Island.” Recommended with notable reservations (** out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for language, sensuality and brief violence.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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