As the film opens an African lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs flee a deadly fire, only to find themselves cut off from the rest of the pride. They have to find a way to survive in a situation they were never supposed to face as Ma di Tau tries to find a way to hunt to feed her starving cubs while dealing with unusual conditions that she doesn’t understand and knowing the fact that if she fails, none of them will survive. This exciting documentary is the work of a husband and wife award winning filmmaking team, Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Jeremy Irons narrates.
This is a National Geographic film, so you know it’s got to be really good quality. They obviously have an agenda, as the lions and other Big Cats are at risk of extinction. This is mostly due to poaching, but other issues threaten them. But though it could get all up in our face with the agenda, instead it takes the high road and lets these incredibly beautiful animals tell their own story. This is a very beautiful documentary, and is very well done. Jeremy Irons reminds that that other voices than Morgan Freeman or James Earl Jones can narrate a film. Jeremy does an outstanding job. All in all, this is as exciting as any scripted drama could be, and will bring us memories of the Disney Tru-Life Adventures of old with modern technology to bring us stunning pictures, especially in the original IMAX version of this film. Very well done, and an excellent story of survival in a harsh environment. Good film.
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