Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +4

Wolves have not been seen in Yellowstone National Park, which happens to be their natural habitat, since 1940. But now, there are renewed efforts to reintroduce the animal back into the park. As we follow the efforts of several people involved in the operation, the film takes the audience on a journey into the life of a wolf pack. The wolf has an extremely tight family structure with a dominant male and female who govern the family or pack. Members of the wolf pack are usually offspring of the two leaders, and at a certain age, will eventually leave the comforts of the pack to begin their own group. The wolf pack is basically a nomadic unit, as they roam over hundreds of square miles, searching for food. For part of the year, when the female gives birth, the wolves are stationary. The newborn pups need time to grow and acclimate themselves to the harsh realities of the wild before they face the difficult life of the pack. The film includes beautiful shots of valleys that span as far as the eye can see. And, like most IMAX films, the film is in documentary format, although much of the interesting footage and scientific information seems jettisoned in favor of stories involving several wolf activists. While some political campaigning is acceptable, the audience leaves this movie with the feeling they just sat through a big commercial for wolves rights. WOLVES would be better if it focused more on the wolf and less on people involved in the program.

Reintroducing wolves into the natural parks in the United States has caused controversy, especially among ranchers who feel there are better places for the wolves. Ranchers believe the places chosen for the wolves are too near their ranches, and therefore jeopardize their livestock and their livelihood. Of course, the activists say that the land belonged to the wolves before the ranchers, and at the very least, the ranchers should have to share it. The film also spends a little time exploring many myths about wolves through the centuries. One of the most popular comes from Little Red Riding Hood, where a hungry wolf stalks a little girl on her way to grandmas house. While their nighttime howls can be scary and intimidating, wolves do not hunt humans, and will generally avoid human contact. The movie does show a couple of scenes where animals tear into fresh kills at feeding time, so parents with young children might be wary of that. Otherwise, the film is an interesting, educational good time for any family out for an afternoon together

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: IMAX, 11454 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Wolves eating dead carcasses
Running Time: 45 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 13 and older

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