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Roar may not satisfy in terms of acting, storytelling, or overall production, but the real-life danger onscreen makes it difficult to turn away.



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Wildlife preservationist Hank lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between two lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

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Critic Reviews for Roar

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  • Good lord, look what the filmmaker dragged in.

    May 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • If you want to see cats chasing people in packs, falling over themselves to descend stairwells, and jump up trees to swipe at disposable human protagonists--you will probably enjoy "Roar."

    Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • ROAR is a thrilling bore, an inanity with actual peril in every scene.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • There's really not much going on with Roar storywise. But then you take a step back and think about what it is that you're watching. My viewing of Roar was set to a soundtrack of "Oh my God!" and "Holy crap!", all of my own making.

    Apr 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The noble intentions of director-writer-producer Noel Marshall and his actress-wife Tippi Hedren shine through the faults and short-comings of Roar.

    Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…

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  • Knowing that everything in the film is real makes it a one-of-a-kind experience. It will have to be-no sane people would ever want to remake this.

    Oct 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Roar

This was a fun midnight movie experience, but I'm also shocked at the level of madness it took to make this movie happen. When I first saw the trailer in the spring of 2015 about this film that never showed theatrically in the U.S. with its stats about no animals being harmed but dozens of cast and crew members receiving serious injuries, I was confused whether it was a narrative or a documentary about the making of this dangerous film. Mainly because of director/writer/producer/father Noel Marshall's appearance it appears to be a lost film from the 60s hippie culture period. Raising and "training" the wild lions may have taken quite a bit of time, but ultimately the flick was made as recently as 1981. I was intrigued to see all the big cats on screen (many of which do not naturally live together on the same continents), and, in fact, the wild animals from an elephant, to birds, to all the big cats are given writing credit for this tale. That got a big laugh from the audience, but it makes sense since there is no way to make so many animals play by human rules. Noel's wife, Tippi Hedren, put herself in another situation even more risky than working for Hitchcock in The Birds. Their three real life children are along for the ride as well. The silly plot involves Noel's character Hank building a new wildlife preserve in Africa where his family can live in peace, love, and harmony with the big cuddly beasts roaming freely around. His wife and three grown kids arrive at the airport and ride to the new house with no idea that they are expected to commune with dozens of carnivores. Meanwhile, Hank makes goofy, accident-prone trips to the airport and back to the house looking for his family. There's an African park ranger who works for Hank and his expressions are priceless throughout, especially when Hank eventually connects with his family and inconceivably tells them that everything is perfectly safe. There are subplots with two lions fighting for dominance, as well as big game hunters who don't like Hank's plan cruelly trying to kill as many of the big cats as they can find. This is a movie that will stick with me for its amazing visuals and for being funny for all the wrong reasons.

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