Review | "Turtle: The Incredible Journey"
Turtle: The Incredible Journey is certainly not the first time the story of the sea turtle has been told, and it probably won't be the last. Anyone who has ever watched the National Geographic channel is familiar with its perilous migration. But never has it been told quite as memorably, or as beautifully, as this.
Presented by Sea World and narrated by Miranda Richardson, Turtle: The Incredible Journey follows the life of one little loggerhead turtle, from the beach on which she was born, through her harrowing migration through the Gulf Stream, on a 21 year odyssey to motherhood that will complete the circle of life.
|A turtle's life begins in TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.|
One wonders, however, just how much of this "documentary" was staged for cameras. Scenes in which the turtle encounters a massive freighter and a group of fishermen who catch and then release her are particularly suspicious, not to mention the sheer implausibility that this is the same little loggerhead turtle over the course of the entire film, which supposedly spans 21 years.
|The little turtle that could in TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY.|
It gets a bit melodramatic at times Henning Lohner's score, while at times quite powerful, is often overbearing, and seems to over score moments that would have been better served by subtlety, allowing the images to speak for themselves. Still, it's hard to pull focus away from the sheer majesty of the story and its stunning imagery. Stringer displays an appropriate awe in the face of mother nature that is infectious, making this one incredible journey that is well worth taking.
GRADE - ★★½ (out of four)
TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY | Directed by Nick Stringer | Narrated by Miranda Richardson | Rated G | Opens Friday, June 24, in New York, Los Angeles, and SeaWorld locations in San Diego CA, San Antonio, TX, and Orlando, FL.