Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images
Studio: Anchor Bay
MSRP: $19.99, but Amazon has it for $13.99.
Running Time: 93 minutes
What’s Going On?
This is a documentary retrospectively told through the eyes of the participants about an experiment that asked a simple question; can we get an animal to make a complete sentence? They used a chimpanzee named Nim, and from an early age Nim exhibited extreme intelligence and was able to learn hundreds of words, but did Nim actually learn to speak, or figure out how to manipulate his handlers?
If You Like…:
It’s hard to say who will like something like this. It’s a pretty compelling story, but it’s just such a sad story. It’s not as if Nim is mistreated either, it’s just a well told story about why we shouldn’t cage wild animals for the sake of science sometimes.
There are a few special features, but this, just like on most documentaries it’s not anything that doesn’t make the feature more compelling.
The Technical Gist
The video is presented in 1.78:1 and the sound in a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. It utilizes a lot of footage from the ’70s when the experiment took place so naturally it’s got kind of a grainy feel to it.
Worth a watch if only to educate yourself on the types of things that sometimes happen to animals when they get tested on. Worth a single watch though, definitely QUEUE IT if you’re able to.