MOVIE REVIEW: THE COVE
At my sister's urging, I watched The Cove last night. Never heard of it? Neither had I. A film about the killing and exploitation of dolphins didn't sound that appealing to me. Although it did win the Audience Award at Sundance last year which proves that everyone likes a good dolphin killing movie. (Hey! It was a joke!)
The catalyst for the movie, and I'm not kidding, is Ric O'Barry, one of the stars and trainers of Flipper. According to Mr. O'Barry, Flipper, who's real name was Kathy, committed suicide in his arms. This changed Mr. O'Barry's life. Instead of exploiting dolphins, he wanted to save them, thus becoming a radical activist who dons scuba gear and frees dolphins from captivity. His goal in making The Cove is exposing the annual killing of thousands of dolphins in Japan. He gets Industrial Light and Magic to construct crazy cameras for hiding in rocks. trees, etc. and hires two free diving champions to go into this cove and place them. They catch exactly what they wanted to see: dead dolphins.
Did I cry and scream with horror as I watched the dolphins being slaughtered to death? No. Did I cry to learn that Flipper's (aka Kathy's) cries for help were ignored and she committed suicide? No. Did I cry watching these people spend millions of dollars just to film about 5 hours of dolphins be slaughtered? Yes.
If you read my Avatar review, then you probably already think I'm heartless. So it will come as no surprise that I don't feel the need to become an activist after seeing this movie. I don't agree with dolphin killing for no reason and I probably won't go to Sea World ever again, but that's about as far as I'll take it. As referred to in the film with disgust, it seems that I am an "inactivist." So be it.
Still, the movie was kind of entertaining and the thermal cameras were cool.