Tuesday 5 February 2013

Sammy’s Great Escape review

Sammy’s Great Escape (U, 92 mins)
Directors: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The worst crime wrought by this grubby, Belgian-made animated sequel is the constant way it calls to mind that it’s not Finding Nemo, no matter how badly it wants to be. Extremely underpowered underwater adventures ensue as turtle Sammy and his pal, caught by fishermen, find themselves trapped in a Dubai aquarium, while their newly hatched grandchildren face the dangers of the open water. The design is brown and ugly, the voice’s lifeless to match the facial animation, and amid a barrage of misguided messages, the worst seems to be that only evil fish eat other sea creatures, and that there’s something wrong with humans who eat crustaceans. If you have a three year old who needs wrangling for 90 minutes, it will still barely past muster on DVD, and has no business whatsoever on cinema screens.

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