Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie’s, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his 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. The film is based on the first three books in the series. —IMDb
When Hollywood tapped wunderkind director Zack Snyder to guide their big-budget FX-heavy epics Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 300 (2006) through to fruition, they pulled him straight from the pinnacle of the advertising world. Snyder already had a veritable plethora of Clios under his belt, thanks to his fluidly filmed, ingenious spots for Corona beer, Nokia cell phones, and other products. He typically held double-duty on the ads as both director and cinematographer, and culled a healthy amount of Tinseltown recognition as a result. Dawn of the Dead represented Snyder’s debut. An effects-heavy remake of George A. Romero’s 1979 sequel — about hordes of flesh-hungry zombies storming a shopping mall — the picture starred Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. The independent production banners Strike and New Amsterdam co-produced the splatter movie; Universal released it. Unsurprisingly, the film grossed a whopping amount at the box office, enabling Snyder and his wife to run their own shingle, Cruel… read more
The phrase 'Visually Stunning' gets tossed around a lot, but it applies here. As for the story, it kind of feels like Snyder reacting to criticisms of 300's politics, but through the medium of anti-fascist cartoon owls. (Which is....a good thing, I think?) Solid fantasy adventure, although I can see younger children being traumatized by parts of this.