5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sad more than scary....,
This review is from: Orca The Killer Whale (DVD)
Despite appearances this film is not simply a rip off of Jaws, although there might be similarities its based on the book by Arthur Herzog. While Jaws is a thriller/horror about a crazed shark attacking anyone who enters the water, in this film there is a reason for the Orca's behaviour, there is a reason for the attacks, and a moral theme underlying the whole movie. It's not really a horror film although it does have elements of a horror & there are violent/graphic parts, but on the whole the events of this movie are sad/tragic rather than scary.
The ending I won't spoil for you but for me it had a very poignant and sad feel to it.
Although I liked this film in a general sense it does have it's flaws and there were some parts that bothered me. The one that springs most quickly to mind is a scene near to the beginning (the trigger for the whole snowball of events) which I found very gory and hard to watch....even though the whale etc is obviously fake the scene is never the less not easy viewing...at least for me it wasn't.
Also while it was only a mild irritation, one of the characters in the film is supposed to be an Orca expert but most of the "facts" about orcas she mentions in the film are wrong, such as the statement that orca's are monogamous. In truth male and female orca's alike stay in their family (birth) pods for life, they form strong family ties with each other and only mate when meeting orca's from other pods, afterwards they go their separate ways with their respective pods, and the male has very little if anything to do with either the female or his offspring afterwards. I'll ignore the fact that orcas don't really go on roaring rampages of revenge either since I'll put that down to artistic license for story reasons ;) ...but I still feel they could have researched and been a bit more accurate with the other facts.
The only other thing I can think of is that in some of the underwater scenes (on the few occasions where they didn't borrow pre-recorded footage of real orcas) I felt the whale models were too obviously fake as well(the movement much too wooden and not natural). Then again given the movies age it's forgivable.
You can see the movie's age in the film quality, but for me anyway, this simply gives it a slightly nostalgic(?) feel. I think the previous reviewer may have just been unfortunate in receiving a faulty DVD, though, as the disc I have of this film plays fine(occasionally even brand new, seemingly undamaged discs can have a fault on them, it's happened to me before with another film).
Although I wouldn't say rush out and buy this movie, it does have its good points as well as flaws, and if you like animal versus human type stories then it's worth a watch.