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Release Date: June 02, 2000

Starring: Chase Moore, Jan Decleir, Arie Verveen, Maria Geelbooi, & the voice of Lukas Haas

Genre: Animal Adventure

Audience: Children

Rating: G

Runtime: 83 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Director: Sergei Bodrov

Executive Producer: Alisa Tager & Lloyd Phillips

Producer: Jean Jacques Annaud

Writer: Jeanne Rosenberg

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Content:

(B, Ro, E, V, N, A, D, M) Mild moral worldview (prayer, kindness to poor, punishment of wrongs) with Romantic notions of following one’s heart & minor environmental worldview regarding animal use; no foul language; brief mild violence including men whipping horses, boy kicked by man, man dragged by horse, horses fighting, man punishing boy with implied belting, bomb explosions in village; no sex; slight natural nudity resulting from the tribal garments of Bushmen; two scenes with mild alcohol use; two scenes with guards smoking; and, boy lies to protect feelings, boy steals (and is punished), boy runs away, girl takes abandoned property, & threats.

Summary:

RUNNING FREE is the tale of a horse named Lucky, voiced by Lukas Haas, and Lucky’s attempt to discover his role in life. In this slightly moral romantic story, Lucky must fight against many odds, including the loss of his mother, the loss of his owner and the destruction of his town, in order to grow strong enough to challenge the powerful, but aging, Caesar, and realize his dreams of being wild.

Review:

RUNNING FREE is a very picturesque movie set in Africa, near the lower edge of the Sahara dessert. It is the story of Lucky, a horse, and his quest to find his role in life.

Lucky is born on the ship that is bringing his mother from Europe. Upon reaching land, he is soon separated from his mother and longs to see her again. All of the horses from the ship are sent to a small inland mining settlement, but weak and young, Lucky goes unnoticed until an orphaned boy finds him and decides to take care of him.

The next section of the story follows Lucky and the boy as they try to find their place in life. Later, when the small inland mining village is bombed during the war, the boy and Lucky are forced to separate, and Lucky decides he was made to be a wild horse. He is befriended by a Bushgirl who shows him the way of the desert, and Lucky rides off on his own.

After realizing he is lonely, Lucky returns to collect the other horses from the now abandoned village. He also has an eye on winning the heart of Beauty, a female horse his age. To lead the other horses, he is forced into a showdown with Beauty’s father, Caesar, a formerly prized stallion.

RUNNING FREE has a rather slow pulse with sparse dialogue, a simple plot, and a weak antagonist. It does, however, include many beautifully shot scenes of African countryside, horses, Bushmen, and early 20th century mining life. The movie will probably best appeal to young children, nature/horse lovers and cinematographers. Sadly, since it lacks a strong plot, it pales in comparison to past movies in the same genre.

As to the worldview, the movie presents a mildly moral worldview with some mild romantic elements and a touch of environmentalism. The movie demonstrates clearly that stealing is wrong and that kindness to those less well off is right (however, the consequences for lying and running away are not shown quite as strongly). The romantic elements are seen in Lucky’s attempts to understand and follow his heart and his consistent search to fill only his personal desires, be it mother, friends, water, freedom, or Beauty.

In Brief:

RUNNING FREE is a very picturesque movie set in Africa, near the lower edge of the Sahara dessert. It is the story of Lucky, a horse, and his quest to find his role in life. Lucky must fight against many odds, including the loss of his mother, the loss of his owner and the destruction of his village. After realizing he is lonely, Lucky returns to collect the other horses from the now abandoned village. He also has an eye on winning the heart of Beauty, a female horse his age. After all of these trials and losses, Lucky comes to a point where he must test out the strength of his newfound role by fighting the powerful, but aging, stallion, Caesar, and realize his dreams of being wild.

RUNNING FREE has a rather slow pulse with sparse dialogue, a simple plot and a weak antagonist. It does have the benefit of mild moral undertones, but sadly is also encased in mild romantic undertones. The movie will probably best appeal to young children, nature/horse lovers and cinematographers. Sadly, though, since it lacks a strong plot, it pales in comparison to past movies in the same genre