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Movie Review: The Cove
4 January 2010
The first thing you see when you visit this movie's website is the award wins it has been accredited this year at the film festivals across the word. It won the audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival and best feature documentary at the Galway, Ireland Film Festival amongst others.
The reviews aren't half bad either: The New York Times "an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller... one of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement."
So what's this ‘must see' movie about? Dolphins.
Flipper's trainer (yes I'm serious - he trained the 5 dolphins who played Flipper in the 1960's!) Ric O'Barry sets out to uncover the dark realities dolphins face in Taiji Cove in Japan. O'Barry is all too familiar with the fascination us humans have with these deeply sensitive and highly intelligent mammals but has come to realise that any animal in captivity is subject to its captive's hands.
What the film attempts to uncover is the atrocities the fisherman of Taiji Cove are undertaking for the sake of a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and mercury-tainted dolphin meat industry. The filmmakers employ a team of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and world-class free-divers to uncover, in the face of immense opposition, a severe example of animal cruelty.
The film reads more like a thriller than a documentary, which is perhaps why it's won so many illustrious awards - people are engaged in the story as well as moved by the truth this touching film tells. Go see it then visit www.takepart.com/thecove to find out what you can do to change what's happening to one of our earth's most divine sea creatures.