Despite some predictability, THE GREAT ELEPHANT ESCAPE succeeds as a tale of cross-cultural friendship. Filmed on location in Nairobi, Kenya, it is also visually rewarding.
Shortly after we witness an elephant being slaughtered by poachers, Beverly and Matt Cunningham (Stephanie Zimbalist and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a divorced mother and her son, arrive in Kenya from Los Angeles. They arrive at a ranch run by Clive Potter (Julian Sands) that also serves as a shelter
for orphaned animals. Matt befriends Jomo (Frederick M'Cormac), a local boy responsible for feeding Ellie, a baby elephant. Meanwhile, Clive begins to pay considerable attention to Beverly.