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|Rating:||PG-13 (for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images)|
|Genre:||Documentary, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||Gabriela Cowperthwaite|
|Written By:||Tim Zimmermann, Eli Despres, Gabriela Cowperthwaite|
|In Theaters:||Jul 19, 2013 Limited|
|On DVD:||Nov 12, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for Blackfish
Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving.
Really great documentaries are like zeitgeist napalm; and Blackfish carries the torch.
For all it's artistic shortcomings, though, I really hope that this movie is able to instigate some kind of change in the way we treat orcas, or at least how we think about them.
Audience Reviews for Blackfish
A heart-wrenching, truly saddening documentary which concerns the corrupt practices of SeaWorld, notably how they put the well-being of their trainers on the line in the name of money and profits. This film is geared to get the viewer angry, and it does that by giving many examples of how SeaWorld knew what they were doing was wrong, but still lied about it to cover their own tracks. The death of Dawn Brancheau and how they have the gaul to blame her for her demise instead of the killer whale that viciously murdered her. It is a heavy film, at times threatening to pummel the viewer down into submission, but ultimately is an effective one that will not leave you quickly.
At the very least, this scathing attack on SeaWorld will question your decision to support this amusement park with a visit. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's research is impeccable. In the account she makes a very powerful case that killer whales should not be kept in captivity at all . That their confinement is to the detriment of both the animal as well as humans involved. The cruel conditions they're kept in is a contributing factor. She lambastes the practice of separating wild whale pups from their mothers. The accompanying footage replete with piercing sounds of a wailing mother is heartbreaking. More than a dozen testimonies from trainers, employees and experts discuss the inner workings of these parks. Many of it from former employees at the actual Sea World park where Tilikum now resides. It's clear that many guides have been misled by SeaWorld officials on the dangers posed by these 5-ton beasts. Blackfish is more than mere entertainment. It's necessary viewing and one of the most important documentaries of the year.
Never capture what you can't control.
Great Documentary! Between the gripping footage and the distressing stories Blackfish effectively proves its point. There are very few movies like this; a must-see. This film moves with the fluidity of a wild orca in the ocean. Don't miss out on seeing "Blackfish" because it's going to change the way you think.
Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.
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