If you happen to be back early from work and are in the mood for half a movie, then there are any number of them that I could suggest that just fade out in the second half. But Six Days, Seven Nights would fit the bill perfectly. Not because the second half stinks, but because you wouldn't have missed anything by not watching it. It just doesn't warrant attention. The next morning you would still be able to guess what happened next, and be right. Yet, it doesn't dilute the satisfaction of having watched an entertaining movie.
The plot is as predictable as it gets, with two people - a man and a woman - marooned on an island. Rather, it's as predictable as it gets in a Hollywood movie (obviously, I'm not counting movies of the shadier variety). What makes it so predictable? It's the romantic-comedy tag. Now, what makes it (or a part of it) interesting? The actors and some pleasing camera work, I'd say.
Harrison Ford - even though he stars in the least challenging role of his life after Air Force One - has the much-needed charisma to carry off yet another perfunctory character for whom everything is right with the world. He thinks the same of his battered airplane too! And yes, he is a private pilot. When Anne Heche, the assistant editor of a glossy (they prefer to call it Dazzle), is on a holiday with her lover, David Schwimmer, it isn't exactly love at first sight.
But when she is called back to meet a deadline, she has to get back on his plane. A convenient storm later, the two end up on an island. The interesting part starts here as the two struggle to reconcile the fact that they are together and hate each other, and they have to find their way out. It is a little more funny than it sounds. Anyway, their task is not made easy by a few visits by pirates. They manage to come out, totally and irrepressibly in love. Did I mention that it was predictable? I think I did, and now you will believe me.
The setting surely made it a treat for the cinematographer, and it shows. Some breathtaking views of the valleys and the ocean are easy on the eyes, as is the movie on the mind. No one's gonna be hurt by watching Six Days..., nor is anyone going to be the wiser when it comes to cinema. Follow your instincts!