Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove

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2010
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Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove is a 2010 family film directed by Will Geiger that is another installment in the wildly popular Free Willy movie series. It stars Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famous Australian conservationist Steve Irwin. After veterinarian Dr. Sam Cooper is injured, he sends his young daughter Kirra (Bindi Irwin) to live with her grandfather Gus (Beau Bridges) for the summer in Cape Town, South Africa. Gus, who is obsessed with making money, runs a dilapidated water park and lives in a house shaped like a pirate ship. At first, Kirra is unhappy to be there, but she quickly springs into action when a baby orca whale becomes stuck in a lagoon at the park. She names the whale Willy, and the pair begin to form a close bond. As her greedy grandfather tries to sell Willy and a rescue group recommends that he be euthanized, Kirra struggles to rehabilitate the orca and send him back into the wild. This heartwarming family film shows children the importance of friendship and persevering against all odds.moreless
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  • Fourth "Free Willy" movie

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    Fourth "Free Willy" movie, although I think it's a bit unfair to call it one; they call the whale Willy, and it is an orca, but that's where the similarities end when it comes to characters.



    Kirra is young and determined to stay at his father's side when he gets into an incident which forces him to stay in a hospital for a long time. Against her will, Kirra is shipped off to South Africa to see his grandfather, who despite big dreams has managed to make very little of his amusement park.



    While Kirra and her gambling grandfather Gus attempt to bond and make his dying park work, a storm throws a golden opportunity in their laps; a baby orca, washed into their lagoon that is separated from the sea.



    Gus, of course, sees an attraction of a lifetime, while Kirra wants to save the orca. Unfortunately, Willy is still a baby, and would never be able to find his pod before starving to death.



    Kirra, naturally, wins the Orca over - while the owner of a far more successful amusement park wants the new attraction for himself.



    The movie was okay, the characters feeling real, but overall the plot didn't have the thrill of the original movies - much less THE original movie, the first meeting of Willy and Jesse. Perhaps I should not compare, but if you make a movie in a franchise, that is inevitable.



    Cute, touching, but not very deep.moreless

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Family Dramas, Animals, Pets & Nature, Grade Schoolers, Pre-Teens, Tweens