Movie Review: Born to Be Wild 3D

Written by Darlene Rabena, Staff Writer

Ever want to escape to the opposite side of the world to a tropical rainforest or African safari—somewhere far, just to run away from the overwhelming stress of law school finals?  Well now you can by watching Warner Brothers’ and Imax’s new documentary, Born to be Wild 3D.  Set in the jungles of Indonesia and the savanna of Kenya, this film follows two extraordinary women, Dr. Birute Galdikas and Dr. Daphne M. Sheldrick.  These women have dedicated their lives to saving and raising orphaned orangutans and elephants, eventually releasing them back into the wild.  Born to be Wild 3D is not just a film—it’s an experience.  The soothing voice of Morgan Freeman, coupled with the amazing 3D cinematography, transports you to a place you’ve never been.  Seeing what these two women accomplish, and the hardships they face in trying to save an entire species from extinction, is humbling . . . you realize how manageable law school really is. 

Critics have been raving about how great this film is, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 97% approval rate.  I’ve personally watched this film three times because I can’t get enough.  The closest theater showing this film is the AMC Mission Valley.  On May 13, you can catch this film at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, located in Balboa Park.  Born to be Wild is definitely a 3D film done right and a must-see for any self-proclaimed animal lover.  I mean, what’s not to love about baby orangutans and elephants?

Also, in honor of Earth Month, Disney is coming out with its wildlife documentary African Cats on April 22.  This film, shot in the African reserves in Kenya, follows two cat families as they teach their cubs how to survive in the wild.  Although I have personally heard mixed reviews of this film, I think it’s worth watching to support a great cause.

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