Zoo (2018)



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In 1941 marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a Directive from The Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 animals at Belfast Zoo. They destroyed one hyena, six wolves, one puma, one tiger, one black bear, one Barbary lion, two polar bears, one lynx and giant rat named Hugo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the backyard of her terraced home. There, she cared for and comforted it as the Luftwaffe bombs rained down over Belfast. This is a true story... and our setting for Zoo. Seen through the eyes of 10 year old Tom (Art Parkinson), aided and abetted by his misfit friends, this moving adventure unfolds as Tom takes on the fight to save Buster the elephant.

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Art Parkinson
as Tom Hall
Penelope Wilton
as Denise Austin
Toby Jones
as Security Guard Charlie
Amy Huberman
as Emily Hall
Ian McElhinney
as Mr. Shawcross

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

A thrilling adventure for all ages.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

An unlikely family film, one that will delight the kids (who see themselves portrayed as heroes) while leaving parents with a lot of explaining to do.

Jun 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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It all plays out more convincingly than it may sound, with McIvor layering in depth, dimension and grace.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

It gets over because it had its heart in the right place.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Heartwarming fact-based WWII drama has sad moments.

Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite some flaws, it's great to see an adventurous kids' movie based in Ireland. And of course, it's hard not to appreciate a story about a baby elephant and a kid that loves animals.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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