Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story
Simon Jackson is an awkward 15-year-old who lives on a planet light years away from the “in crowd” – until a life changing moment. Attacked in the British Columbia wilderness, Simon is rescued by a rare white Kermode bear. When he learns these magnificent creatures are endangered, that only 400 are in existence in a small area of northern BC, Simon turns from a shy, stuttering daydreamer to political activist. Mustering his courage, he takes on the powerful forest industry and the provincial government, eventually rallying everyone from Prince William to the Backstreet Boys. Simon ultimately secures the protection of 2500 square miles of Princess Royal Island – one of the largest land protection battles ever won – and is named one of TIME Magazine’s “Heroes for the Plane.”
It is amazing what a teenager can do when he decides to put his mind to it. Based on a true story, this is an intriguing movie. The viewer watches the ups and downs that Simon has to battle to get his point across. With help from friends and family, some who are unlikely helpers, he finds a way to prove to the world that we have to protect the habitat of an endangered bear species.
Even though some parts of this movie are slow moving, the viewer will be captivated to see the outcome of Simon’s fight and how he accomplishes the endeavor. Dove gives this film a 12+ approval due to some language. There is a scene that could be scary for younger children when the bears are fighting, but nothing bloody is shown.