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The Last Lions

Rated PG 88 min. 2011

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.

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Director: Dereck Joubert

Cast: Jeremy Irons


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