Sunday, May 16, 2010

Review: Secrets of the Mountain DVD

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I always got excited when one of the networks had a special family movie night. There was just something so exciting about knowing that a fun movie was coming on and that we would be allowed to stay up and watch it. And maybe even eat some popcorn or ice cream while we did! 

So I was really excited when I saw commercials advertising Secrets of the Mountain on NBC.  I kept telling my husband that I wanted to watch it, and maybe even let Ethan watch as well. Unfortunately, when I looked at my calendar, I realized that the showing of this special family movie was on the same night that we had an event with our church friends, and we weren't home to watch.

Happily for me, I received a copy of this DVD to review, so last night I finally got my family movie night! Here's the general plot of the movie, from the movie's website.
Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex's wedding and her kids' busy schedules, Dana James (Paige Turco, The Agency) is noticing her tight-knit family starting to unravel. An unexpected offer to purchase her family's mountain property sets up a weekend road trip, which she hopes will bring her family back together. But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems. An ancient secret and a treacherous quest will test the family like never before. It's an edge-of-the seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don't run away from problems — they run back to each other.
We really enjoyed watching this movie. It has good lessons about the importance of family, along with some history and lots of action as the family works together to solve a mystery. The plot is fun and moves quickly and the actors did a good job.  Most importantly, it was totally family-friendly. There wasn't anything objectionable that we had to keep our kids away from, and nothing that scared or worried our very sensitive preschooler.  Now we're looking forward to the next family movie night coming on July 16th!

If you're looking for a good movie for family movie night, I'd really recommend this one. Right now it's on sale at Walmart for only $12, and that price includes both the DVD and the CD soundtrack by executive producer Randy Jackson. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD/CD to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.