This Rotten Week: Predicting A Dog’s Way Home, Replicas And The Upside Reviews If you like dogs, cloning, and/or buddy comedies, then this is the kind of week for you. While none of the movies look all that good, the themes on hand will probably appeal to at least some moviegoers. Get ready for A Dog’s Way Home, Replicas, and The Upside.
Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.I suppose if you like dogs or are five years old (or both) then A Dog’s Way Home is right up your alley. Anyone else? Woof, I don’t know. Plenty of good dog-voiceover movies have been made in the past, but this sure doesn’t look like one of them. It looks as sappy and contrived as it gets. An extra good dude loses his extra amazing dog because of a complicated set of circumstances, and we must now root for the canine until he eventually finds his way home for a tearful reunion.
Director Charles Martin Smith has some experience with uplifting animal flicks, having helmed A Dolphin’s Tale and its sequel (81% and 65% respectively). A Dog’s Way Home seems to touch on a lot of the same notes, though I don’t think it finishes as well with the critics. There just doesn’t seem to be enough meat on this bone.
You know you are in a futuristic movie when the scientist/protagonist uses those computer monitors that project all around a person’s face rather than a good old-fashioned keyboard and dual monitor set up. If they’ve got that rig, you are either dealing with Tony Stark turning his Iron Man suit into all kinds of awesome or Keanu Reeves reincarnating his dead family through the power of cloning. In this case, it’s the latter, as audiences prepare for Replicas.
Frankly, this thing looks rather ridiculous. It looks like it wants to make some point about cloning while also throwing in some government intrigue and Reeves signature scowling and brooding. But I can’t imagine its anything close to good based on the marketing. The trailer for Replicas has this sense of “trying too hard,” and I bet the critics see it the same way.