Six Days, Seven Nights

on June 12, 1998 by Dwayne E. Leslie
   Quinn (Harrison Ford) is a seasoned pilot who is just as sturdy as the plane he maintains to fly cargo to and from islands with his attractive flight service director (Jacqueline Obradors). Robin (Anne Heche) is a magazine editor on vacation with her boyfriend (David Schwimmer) to increase the romance in their lives. As fate would have it, Robin needs Quinn's services to get to an emergency photo shoot. The duo quickly find that they don't like each other--and then, without warning, the mother of all thunderstorms knocks them out of the sky and they crash on one of the most visually stunning tropical islands that conveniently just happens to be secretly nestled away from civilization. Next, as most of the audiences will guess, after several perilous adventures--dangers natural and man-made, the latter thanks to local pirates--gratified affection transforms their platonic relationship.
   This film is basically a reworked version of two opposites being placed in a situation in which they end up learning enough about each other to start caring. The underlying theme of the film turns out to be a quest to see if the grass is greener on the other side. In the end, all of the featured characters are either regretting actions or feeling guilty for having carnal urges. "Six Days, Seven Nights" isn't a romance; the only cuddling done in theatres will be by those wanting to reassure their mates that, if put in similar predicaments, they would have chosen a different path.
   Because of inconsistency of the pirates' behavior and the extreme resourcefulness of Robin, the film goes from being a piece of intelligent adult humor to a juvenile farce. When Quinn and Robin first encounter the pirates, they pose a threat; they're fierce and ruthless. Suddenly, though, the bad guys are bungling idiots. From the beginning, Robin shows no signs of being the outdoors type, even taking medicine for stress. But, after two days with Quinn, she becomes quite comfortable in her surroundings, very skilled with tools, and adept at handling the most stressful of situations. Of course, given the stay booking provided the filmmakers by their title, "Six Days, Seven Nights" required plot telescoping; but the film's eventual effect is foreshortened as well.    Starring Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, Jacqueline Obradors and David Schwimmer. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Written by Michael Browning. Produced by Ivan Reitman, Robert Birnbaum and Wallis Nicita. A Buena Vista release. Adventure/comedy. Rated PG-13 for langauge, sensuality and brief violence. Running time: 102 min.
Tags: Anne Heche, Jacqueline Obradors and David Schwimmer. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Written by Michael Browning, Produced by Ivan Reitman, Robert Birnbaum, Wallis Nicita, Buena Vista, Adventure, comedy, Harrison Ford

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