September 12, 2013

Blackfish (2013)

Blackfish (2013) - New Movie Review
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Country: USA

Movie Review: Gabriela Cowperthwait’s sophomore documentary, “Blackfish”, is a real-life thriller, which explores possible factors that could have motivated the killings of three individuals perpetrated by Tilikum, an orca whale kept in captivity for SeaWorld Marine Park at Orlando, Florida. Very clear in its purposes, this film uncovers shocking aspects regarding whales' treatment and highlights the lack of respect for the workers who are mislead to believe in a bunch of lies. The interviews made with former SeaWorld trainers are quite explanatory for you to start hating this greedy company. SeaWorld opened doors in 1964 and the violations started in the early 70’s when they attempted to capture several killer whales by using powerboats, airplanes, and explosives. Another incident that occurred in Loro Parque, Tenerife, was also covered, leading to the same shameful conclusions. Everyone should see this documentary and help to denounce all the atrocities that these wild animals are subjected to. It’s not by chance that wild orcas are not considered a threat to humans, but only those held in captivity, driven by constant frustration and sufferings. The whales’ crying and agony when their babies were taken away from them is harrowing and revolting. “Blackfish” is a high-valued, powerful achievement that kept me immersed in its fantastic images and stories, eventually breaking my heart with the offensive and sad truths revealed.

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