The narrator of this wilderness adventure is a horse that's shipped from Germany to a mining town in southwest Africa in 1914. It's separated from its mother, then adopted by an orphaned stable boy, but he has to answer to a gruff manager and can't protect the horse from being threatened, injured, and abandoned. Also in the town's stables are a mean old stallion and a filly that provides the love interest and thankfully has no voice-over of its own. World War I forces our hero into the desert to face a new antagonist—nature. The majesty of the Namib and the sweetness of a plot strand about the horse learning survival skills from a 12-year-old girl might have been more intriguing without the cloying voice-over, the push-button score, or the lurching story line—the kind that makes the protagonist deal with tragedy over and over without adding anything to the characterization or compromising the happy ending. Sergei Bodrov directed a screenplay by Jeanne Rosenberg; with Chase Moore, Jan Decleir, Arie Verveen, Maria Geelbooi, and the voice of Lukas Haas. 81 min.