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5.0 out of 5 stars
The Cove, 12 Mar. 2010
In his film debut The Cove, award-winning director/photographer Louie Psihoyos highlights the gruesome, annual slaughter of about 2,300 dolphins in a National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan.
Backed up with hard facts, interviews and undercover evidence the documentary follows the atonement of "Flipper" trainer Ric O'Barry as he continues on his dangerous quest to end the annual killing of dolphins trapped in a secret cove.
Within this film, uncomfortable footage highlights the length of deception the authorities are prepared to go to in order to hide the abuse of these animals. While the entire town promotes their love of cetaceans, attracting tourists from all over the world, activities at the aggressively guarded cove indicate a far less loving regard for the animals.
We see Japanese marine scientists select a few dolphins destined for theme parks across the world. In graphic, spine chilling footage we see the fate of the remaining few hundred dolphins. These are brutally, inhumanely bludgeoned to death before being sold off as meat.
Evidence of rampant corruption is unleashed to the Japanese public as the illegal toxicity levels of mercury found in the dolphin meat is exposed.
Director Louie Psihoyos justifies his need for the secret, undercover filming as his attempts to openly collect footage of the cove are met with threats of violence from the local fishermen and intimidation by the Japanese authorities.
Not only has this film been well shot using the latest digital equipment but it is also a story beautifully told. The viewer will benefit from a collaboration of marine conservation experts willing to share over 40 years worth of knowledge.
Achieving awards in cinematography, production and best documentary this film is much more than the promotion of dolphin conservation it is also an insight into the corruption, by large marine park corporations, of the institutions put in place to protect these marine species.
This powerful documentary will entertain all but if you have any leanings towards marine conservation this film is a must see as it is packed with facts highlighting the plight of conservation leaders worldwide. After watching this film you might find yourself asking: "What can I do to help?"