Iím not much for Meryl Streep (is anyone?) so for me this flickís juice came from the Baconator. Kevin Bacon is one of those rare actors who plays the villain nearly as often as he does the hero (if not more so) and heís damn good at it too. I like the game of cat and mouse he plays with everyone here until he starts to get a little too familiar with Streep. The overall feel of this film reminded me somewhat of THE EDGE, sure they werenít being pursued by a grizzly (man, would that have ever upped the ante) but the gauntlet provided more than enough man vs. nature excitement to chew on...or at least it would have had we been exposed to it for more than ten minutes of the film. I say that like there were pacing issues, and by all means the parents on the edge of divorce debockle was getting a touch aggravating by the end of things but other than that the pace wasnít too bad.
THE RIVER WILD is a decent thriller coming from a time when Hollywood was experimenting heavily with the rigors of the great outdoors. It was funny seeing John C. Reilly here but he reminds me of Strickland from the BACK TO THE FUTURE series because the dude always looks old. If youíre a Kevin Bacon fan though, youíll love what this filmís selling and I personally canít wait to see what he brings to the table as Sebastian Shaw in X-MEN FIRST CLASS. I dug this filmís ending and quickly realized the moral of this story: white water rafting isnít for me but if your marriage is on the fritz then by all means give it a whirl. There was a time when I thought I wanted to do it up but this film reminded me of why I never actually went through with it, white water rafting that is, not marriage.