Storm Rider (PG, 2013, Arc Entertainment) is a powerful story about a teenage girl and her younger brother and the challenges they face when their dad, played by C. Thomas Howell, goes to jail for money laundering and other shady business practices. In the beginning of the movie the 18-year old spoiled Dani Fielding (Dani Chuchran) is sent to live with her veterinarian uncle, Sam (Kevin Sorbo) world’s away from what she is use to in the privileged life stolen by her father. She struggles to fit in to the loner lifestyle of her uncle and clashes with him. Eventually, he warms up to her and gives her a mule, Stormy, that longtime friend Jody Peterson (Kristy Swanson) rescued after a storm that left it an orphan.
Dani’s attitude about life and towards those who were trying to help get through her tough situation was horrible. Eventually she learns to deal with people by forgiving herself and trusting others. Everything that she had placed value on meant nothing when she had to use Stormy, who was counted out by her and others for being a mule, rescued her uncle and half-brother after a near fatal plane crash. Eventually Dani learns the value of real family values and makes friends with her enemy and the people she tried to push away.
Storm Rider has a great quality and life lesson to it but the musical scoring was off mark and added unnecessary suspense moments that were not relevant. The story moved at a good pace and was able to keep up with although some of the scenes were overstated and unbelievable at best. Overall this movie receives a B+ for its storyline and family values.