The End of the Line (2009)
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If the tone is occasionally off-putting, the message -- at least, the facts about the fish -- is harder to shrug off.
This movie wants to cover every base without thinking very deeply about them. So while a lot of ground is covered in 80 brisk minutes, the information presented is only abstractly useful.
It's hard not to feel that the vital information in The End of the Line may have been more effectively relayed by Clover's original book or by a movie whose methods were less pedantic and pedestrian.
Audience Reviews for The End of the Line
After watching this movie, I'm giving up seafood for Lent ... even though I'm not Catholic. Thankfully this movie provides things we can do now to make a difference. So why don't we?
Great visuals and music as usual, National Geographic! However, I wish this movie talked more about bycatch. People care more about dead dolphins, sharks, octopi, etc. Not to give fish less credit, because I love them and went veg because of fish, but you have to market what people care about too.
There was once a time when documentaries focused on fresh and interesting subjects. In this era of negativity, most of them now focus on problems and persuading the audience that everything will not be OK. I've seen a ton of these. So really, when The End of the Line tries to convince me I should lose sleep because the blue fin tuna may go extinct, I can't help but not give a crap.