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Back from the Brink: Saved from Extinction

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

IMAX nature docu proves human efforts can make a difference.

Movie NR 2019 39 minutes
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If Avengers filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo know anything, it's how to please young audiences, and that insight is applied to this engaging nature documentary. Back from the Brink: Saved from Extinction is exactly what parents want from a science museum film: It's quick (39 minutes), educational, and hopeful, and kids will get it. First, the animals are adorable: a little fox, a fuzzy monkey, and somehow, even the crabs are cute. While the movie is about death and why these populations are dwindling, it doesn't dwell on the circle-of-life visuals that typically upset young viewers. Instead, it simply identifies what the problem is and then gets to solving it, all set against astounding giant screen cinematography. And it's actually more motivating than the traditional conservation film because it concentrates on success stories. Kids walk away knowing that if they put their time and brain to work, their efforts just might pay off.

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