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Neverland (2003)

Cast: Rick Sparks, Rick Sparks, Melany Bell, more...
Director: Damion Dietz, Damion Dietz
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Water Bearer Films
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 80 min.
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Despite its target audience, the tale of Peter Pan offers a plethora of darker implications ranging from the natural fear of aging and responsibility to discovering sexuality despite the strong inclination to resist all that clashes with youth. A far cry from Steven Spielberg's Hook, director Damion Dietz taps into this seldom seen side of Pan in Neverland. When a seductive Peter Pan (Rick Sparks) and his vocally reluctant sidekick Tinkerbell (Kari Wahlgren) convince adopted siblings Wendy (Melany Bell), Michael (Marcus Reynaga), and John Darling (Wil Wheaton) to join him in Neverland, they had no idea that their destination was a deteriorating amusement park serving as home to scads of confused and startlingly attractive youths. Once there, the Darling family becomes victim to Chief Hook's (Gary Kelley) plot. Obsessed with the youth and beauty of Peter Pan, the disgruntled park maintenance man (Kelley) jumps at the opportunity to kidnap the lost boys after Tinkerbell reveals their location in a drug-induced stupor, realizing that only such an action would prompt a face-off with Peter. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Never again! by Synn November 23, 2004 - 4:00 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan! Somehow I expected the three characters to provide a spicy mature film with wit, humor and scare. Yet none of that happened. The actors, dull and purposeless, trudged from place to place and talked to each other as if making up the speeches on the spot. Hook, the only actor who seemed to take his part seriously, pronounced his lines with a staring expression as if in a Shakespeare play - loud, robust and rigid. Peter Pan was earthbound and looked it, and Tinkerbell lacked personality with features made of rouge. The normal named actors, appearing on screen in huddled bunches, and low dressed in jeans and tees for Saturday hangabout, brought nothing lively or memorable. Acting dreadful from beginning to end, and among badly filmed depressing sets. Cannot recommend. Gets a low 2 for even getting this flop of failed effort into a dvd rental store.

Darkly through the night by mswearingen June 8, 2004 - 9:37 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I rented this on a whim actually. I truly like the story of Peter Pan and this one knocked me over. I hadn't heard of the director before, or most of the cast for that matter, but they pulled off one dark retelling of the Pan theme that kept me captivated.

I enjoyed the twists to the Pan story they included; the lost boys on the quest for a bit of weed, and maybe more, from the indians, the strange relationships between Peter/Tink and Hook/Smee, and the overall darkness. Dietz uses the lights and industrial nature of Neverland to their full advantage.

When it seems like a bunch of fun and games with odd quirky characters (and who doesn't like the odd punkish fairy after all?), the film turns around kicks you down. For the apparent budget and a cast of relative unkowns, I think they've done an amazing job.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 4.45)
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