To Walk With Lions
Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Richard Harris, John Michie
Directed by: Carl Schultz
Running Time: 106 minutes
Release Date: 28 January 2013
To Walk With Lions is the sequel to the hugely popular Born Free about animal conservationist and lion expert George Adamson set in Kenya, Africa. Based on a true story.
Tony Fitzjohn (John Michie) is backpacking around east Africa and working his way around the country. He has accepted a job as a safari driver but turns up a day late so the position has been filled so he is fired before he even starts. He takes a job with 2 elderly brothers George (Richard Harris) and Terrance Adamson (Ian Bannen) who run a wildlife reserve.
While thinking it will only be a short term position until he can gather some money and more on he soon develops a love for the job, the lions and George.
The government are trying to close down the reserve and get rid of George’s beloved lions and with poachers killing animals for ivory George is determined to fight them all and win and keep Kora, the wildlife reserve.
Overall, To Walk With Lions is a very dramatic film with great scenic shots of Kenya and wonderful animals. Harris and Michie play their parts faultlessly. While rated as a 12 some scenes with poachers may be a bit traumatic for younger children.
A brilliant, powerful and moving story about a man who rehabilitates lions to the wild and the struggles faced to do so.
Available to buy from Amazon here.