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Born To Be Wild - Movie Review - 2011

Born to be loved and to be free.

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Born To Be Wild - Movie Review - 2011

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Born To Be Wild invites you to go on a remarkable adventure into the wilds of Kenya and Borneo to visit animal 'orphanages' at which baby elephants and orangutans whose parents have died -- most often at the hands of poachers -- are cared for by two women, Daphne Sheldrick and Birute Galdikas, respectfully, who've dedicated their lives to raising the infants and returning them to the wild.

Babies are Babies, No Matter What Species...

These infant wild animals are exquisite, vulnerable and adorable -- just like human babies. And, the film emphasizes and shows that they need nurturing and love, just as human babies do.

In well-delivered voice over narration, Morgan Freeman compares the animal babies to human babies time and again, referring frequently to the sensitivity and intelligence of the elephants and orangutans. And, with the closeness provided by IMAX 3D technology and the filmmaker's up close and personal approach, you are able to observe and understand the ways in which the animals communicate with each other and their human handlers. It's fascinating, and very moving. You see how bonds are formed as the elephants and orangutans become attached to their caregivers, and you see how the babies look after each other.

The film is filled with facts, too, about the ways in which these wonderful creatures of the wild become orphaned, and statistics, and other information that set it clearly within the guidelines of advocacy, but it is never preachy.

Birute Galdikas, who looks after the orangutans, and Daphne Sheldrick, who cares for elephants, are wonderful characters who hold the film together as the stories of the baby orangutans and elephants, who live apart, are intertwined. The 40-minute film is a technological wonder that takes you on a cinematic dual cinematic safari where you're closer to the animals than you could be in real life, and engages you in such a way that by the time you walk out of the theatre you're ready to board a plane to visit the orphanages and meet the wildlife in real life.

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Film Details:

  • Title: Born To Be Wild - 2011
  • Director: David Lickley
  • Release Date (USA): April 8, 2011 (limited, IMAX)
  • Running Time: 40 mins.
  • Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
  • Locations: Borneo, Kenya
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: USA
  • Production Company: IMAX
  • Distribution Company: Warner Bros.
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