Saturday, December 10, 2016

Blackfish (2013)

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Starring: Kim Ashdown, Ken Balcomb, Samantha Berg, Dave Duffus, Howard Garrett, Dean Gomersall, John Hargrove, Carol Ray, Jeffrey Ventre

Strong-moral story focusing on the past history of an orca known as Tilikum who was captured from the wild and served as a performer at SeaWorld Orlando. The story, however, focuses around the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau and Tilikum's dark past that has also resulted in two deaths and other disasters in similar situations.

Fascinating movie certainly has an agenda, as most of the people interviewed were former trainers at SeaWorld and friends of Dawn who no longer work in the industry, and it sets out to explain in all sorts of details the problems that come with captive animals of its calibre. The aftermath of the films release attracted such great attention that Worldwide it has changed and will continue to change the operation of animal captivity forever.

Director Cowperthwaite has a picture perfect handling of the subject matter and allowing certain people to tell their stories completely also makes it an honest experience, though for certain people they will see it's major fault in not getting much said from the other side of the argument. Then again, you could imagine anyone from SeaWorld discussing matters officially as an omission of guilt. It's not necessarily for the faint of heart and at times intensely plugs at your heartstrings, but one things for sure, you'll never attend an animal show with the same attitude again.


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