The Last Lions (2011)
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A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions follows Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she races to get her cubs to safety during a rampaging fire, and fends off ferocious lioness Silver Eye, the murderous matriarch of a rival pride. Crossing crocodile-infested waters on a quest to
Feb 18, 2011 Wide
Jan 3, 2012
National Geographic Entertainment - Official Site
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A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence.
Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted.
While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare.
No matter how you feel about real-life drama being shaped and enhanced in the editing room, this is wildlife storytelling at its formidable finest.
There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless.
Especially if older kids are already fascinated with wild animals, they'll be mesmerized, and will probably successfully badger you to donate to the cause via text message on the way out of the theater.
This nature documentary about the vanishing lions of Africa is not your children's Lion King.
This is National Geographic writ raw for effect, and "The Last Lions" suffers for it.
If something can be done to save these last lions, this sort of honest appraisal is exactly the first step we need.
Quite possibly the most emotionally wrenching, stunningly beautiful film I've yet to encounter - fiction or otherwise.
The Last Lions turns Duba Island into a theater of survival, love, and adaptation.
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