"The Ivory Game" is a thriller documentary from Netflix that will have you on the edge of your seat. This is no boring old story of the poaching of Africa's elephants. It tracks through the African wilderness with stunning videography that one has come to expect from a Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Leonardo as Executive Producer manages to capture the thrill of the hunt, the spies, the kingpins, the wildlife warriors and the one person who holds the future of the species in his hands.

'The Ivory Game' a dramatic race against time

Richard Ladkani, known for "The Devil's Miner" and "The Vatican: A hidden World” worked with Kief Davidson directing the 112 minute movie. They spent more than "a year undercover filming animal poachers," out on the ground, getting the real feel of the battle for the lives of the last of Africa’s great beasts, sometimes putting their own lives on the line. To outsiders, it seems animals have been poached and dying since forever, almost at a snails-pace, which leaves the impression that someone, somewhere and somehow will put a stop to it.

This movie brings home the glaring truth - that within a handful of years the ghastly fact is that elephants in the wild could be extinct. It is going to be a tough movie to watch, but one that will have you gripped as ivory trafficking, the money, the spiralling demand for ivory hammers home the vast reality confronting those who are trying desperately to save the last of the pachyderms on the planet.

As the herds dwindle, the prices go up. As the prices go up, the demand increases. In fact, the more dead elephants the better, as far as traffickers are concerned and when the elephants are finished they will focus on whatever other animals they can. Scarce and declining is good for the bank account so nothing is safe from them - no life is sacred.

Non-fiction animal rights thriller similar to 'Blackfish'

Variety.com wrote about the movie, that it is a “non-fiction animal-rights thriller,” along the lines of "Blackfish." Interestingly they also mentioned the dreadful Clint Eastwood movie "White Hunter Black heart," in their write up, quoting the line: “It’s not a crime to kill an elephant. It’s bigger than that. It’s a sin to kill an elephant.” It is indeed, a sin and that was probably the best part of Clint’s disappointing movie that I tried to re-watch a few weeks back. "The Ivory Game" movie makes a mighty effort to capture the sheer global scale of the trade and it looks like this time around the producers have managed to do just that.

This is despite some criticism that not enough attention was paid to the problem of corruption in Africa that aides and abets the poaching operations at grass roots level..

If viewers love animals, even just a little bit, and are into crime, thrillers and global threats to the status of our planet, then be sure to watch “The Ivory Game” coming to you on Netflix on 4 November 2016.

The official trailer is shown below

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