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Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'hoole

Based on the first three Guardians of Ga`Hoole book series by Kathryn Lasky, it tells of Soren (Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie`s, ostensibly an orphanage where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and new friends escape to the island of Ga`Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie`s.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 28 Oct 2010
Genre: Adventure / Animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten, Jim Sturgess
Director: Zack Snyder
Format: NA

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Writer: Audrey Ker

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Watch this if you liked: “Happy Feet”, “Finding Nemo”

Even with a mouthful of a title (try saying it five times fast), "Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'hoole" is a breathtaking piece by Zack Snyder, the director who brought us "Watchmen" and "300". "Legend Of The Guardians" is a big departure from the blood and gore of his previous films, but he showed that even without those elements a great film he could direct.

Based on a series of books by the same name, "Legend Of The Guardians" follows the adventures of Soren (Jim Sturgess), a barn owlet enthralled about the stories his father (Hugo Weaving) tells of a legendary group of owls called The Guardians of Ga'hoole. Soren and his brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten) is kidnapped and taken to a place called St. Aegolius where 'orphaned' owlets are brainwashed to be soldiers for a more sinister cause. Soren and a bunch of new friends manage to escape and head off to warn the Guardians. Will they succeed and will the Guardians prevail?

Coming from the same visual effects studio that brought us the affable "Happy Feet", one can definitely expect the same attention to detail for the owls in "Legend Of The Guardians". The owls look so lifelike it's uncanny; and yet one can't help but stare back at the splendor that is the owls and their world in this film. At some points of the film, this reviewer can't help but be swept away by the scenic views of Ga'hoole and even the darker St. Aegolius! If one has to compare, "Avatar" and even "Lord Of The Rings" come to mind.

Zack Snyder's signature style of slow motion scenes is put to great use here as well. There are plenty of those throughout, but it doesn't slow down the pace of the film one bit. Look out for the epic battle between the owls. It is simply amazing to watch, and it's enhanced even more with the 3D effects! With that said, "Legend Of The Guardians" needs to be fully enjoyed in 3D. The visuals are just a different league with the depth perception that 3D provides.

This movie is a definite green light for family viewing, but don't be quick to dismiss it as a kids' movie. There is enough action, breathtaking visuals and great storyline to impress the adults as well. Let's just hope that there will be no demand for pet owls a la Harry Potter after the movie!

Cinema Online, 20 September 2010
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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