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Rated PG · 88 min. · 2011

Drama


If you want to see lions in all their raging glory, lions are what you'll get in this new National Geographic film that features awesome shots of the giant felines in Botswana. But skeptical or inquisitive viewers may wish for something besides the rote narration of Jeremy Irons and an anthropomorphic, heroic storyline. The filmmakers introduce us to a lioness called Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") who is forced to flee her home hunting ground with three young cubs in tow. What is regrettable, though, is that the crisis the film is designed to raise awareness of, the declining numbers of lions, is underexplored (the population is down from half a million to about 20,000). Encroaching humanity is the principal culprit, but human settlements are only mentioned once in passing in the film. But the footage can't be beat; much of the film seems to have been shot at the magic hours near dusk and dawn. Rated PG for some terrifying animal violence.


See our full review: The daunting struggles of Africa's big cats in National Geographic's <i>The Last Lions</i>

The daunting struggles of Africa's big cats in National Geographic's The Last Lions

Regrettably, the crisis that the film is designed to raise awareness of—the lion population is down from half a million to about 20,000—is underexplored. But the footage is never less than astounding. »

Official Site: movies.nationalgeographic.com/movies/last-lions
Director: Dereck Joubert
Cast: Jeremy Irons

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