Thursday, May 23, 2013

Movie Review: Shipwrecked

After his father is injured while on a voyage and can’t continue to pay the mortgage, a young man decides to become a ship’s boy so he can make enough money to keep his family from losing their house. While he finds being a sailor to be hard at first, he soon settles into life at sea, glad to be helping his family. Meanwhile, a notorious pirate who is thought to be dead has stolen the identity of a British naval officer in a scheme to reclaim his hidden treasure. When the fake naval officer gets onto the same ship as the young man, the ship’s boy may be the only one who can stop the pirate’s murderous plans.

Aside from some brief content issues that will be noted later, this is an ideal family adventure film. The plot is fairly simple, but has enough depth and swashbuckling action to make it fun. The protagonist’s devotion to his family is refreshing to see. While the story has a few rough spots, such as a silly subplot with a friendly gorilla, there is nothing that causes major damage to the film. Some people might find elements of the story towards the end too similar to Treasure Island, but overall this is a fairly original pirate movie, and can be considered a classic of the swashbuckling adventure genre.

A sailor takes God’s name in vain once. Some prostitutes proposition the sailors, including the young cabin boy, a scene which includes some brief innuendo. Both of those issues should have been left out, but are significantly milder than similar issues in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. There is also, of course, some mild violence involving clashes between sailors and pirates.


  1. This sounds interesting, Jonathan. :) I'll have to keep an eye out for it on Netflix. :)

    1. Let me know what you think of it if you see it. :) Thank you for commenting, Grace!