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When the story is not in High Definition
on 13 November 2010
This documentary starts quiet well. We are introduced to Rob Stewart, who establishes very good bona fides for taking on this advocacy:his proposition is that the shark is necessary for the survival of the human species. The documentary then shows examples of the devastation of shark populations; predicating the destruction on man's thoughtless and rapacious greedy nature and his irrational fear of this benign top feeder. We are shown some Sea Shepherd direct action, which, for me, was the reason for buying this documentary. The action proves to be slightly inconsequential and the outcomes and motivations of Watson and his fellow activists are never satisfactorily explored. After this point, the documentary seems to lose its way; meandering in-and-out of commonplace generalisations about the necessity to preserve the biota. The documentary has some structural problems; most of all the tendency not to develop a line of argument. In the end its hesitancy in committing fully to a hardline advocacy is this documentary's biggest weakness. If Stewart had stayed with his original notion of making this a highly-personalised film, then this would have been a much stronger film, but his descent, away from the personal into the general, is the film's biggest weakness. The documentary has a great beginning, a good ending, and a spineless middle. The soundtrack work is at the level of a feature film soundtrack and the High Definition cinematography is also very good, but these two components don't compensate for a weak story.