Parents' Guide to

Riding Tornado

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Slow-paced horse training story has a bit of violence.

Movie NR 2011 114 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+


I waited over 1 year for this movie to get into my Netflix queue to rent. I have heard this was an excellent movie and I enjoy good movies that have animals as the subject. I was quite disappointed to find there were NO CAPTIONS FOR the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. A Sadly I had to return it after watching the first 15 mins. Independent film Producers need to consider that there are people who watch movies that can't hear. In the U. S. we have the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) that requires equal access, this means all movies & TV shows must be Captionef. I.know that South Africa is way behind the times in human rights, but the world is passing you by, so time for you to catch up!
age 18+

Too much scanty clothing in beginning of film

At the beginning the scene in the bar showing the torso (no head or face) of a young lady wearing a see-through blouse without a bra. This was quite shocking to me and my family given the rating from your site. The balance of the movie proved to have a very worthwhile message with no more suggestiveness. We would have much preferred those first images would have been deleted.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The slowness of this journey will probably disengage younger viewers accustomed to more bells, whistles, and nonstop action. Compared to other films about the relationship between horses and the people who love them, RIDING TORNADO is as slow-paced as one might imagine life would be in a small desert town in the Kalahari Desert (where the movie is set). The theme of a troubled young man learning and growing as much as the troubled horse he's training is interesting enough, even if beyond-wise "horse whisperer" characters who only speak in stoic profundities has been overdone.

In spite of this, the shots of sunrises and sunsets in the Kalahari Desert are quite beautiful, and the film does offer a glimpse into the life and culture of South Africa. Riding Tornado goes to great lengths to drive its points home, but for horse-lovers everywhere, this film should prove enjoyable, as well as an affirmation of their own feelings about the care and training of horses.

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