Sharkwater

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In addition to its breathtaking underwater photography, Sharkwater has a convincing, impassioned argument of how the plight of sharks affects everyone.

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Arguing that sharks are misunderstood as dangerous creatures, biologist Rob Stewart travels to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and other places where the animals can be found. Underwater, he feeds sharks to demonstrate their fundamentally nonviolent nature. With 90 percent of the shark population destroyed by indiscriminate hunting, Stewart joins forces with conservationist Paul Watson to fight poachers who illegally kill the animals for their fins and sell the meat to the Taiwanese Mafia.

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Critic Reviews for Sharkwater

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (8)

  • With its stunning photography this would be a righteous and magnificent documentary were it not for the on-camera presence of film-maker Rob Stewart, marine biology's answer to Tom Cruise.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • Stewart's point is that the shark fin industry, in its short-sighted quest for financial gain, may trigger an ecological disaster beyond the extinction of the sharks themselves. This is depressing, but important, stuff.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    BBC.com
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  • Faintly egotistical biologist-turned-filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years making this investigative doc and the result, despite his tendency towards over-earnest, stoner-esque commentary, is enlightening, shocking and more than a little worrying.

    February 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Sharkwater delivers an important message, and its underwater photography is breathtaking. But Stewart lessens the impact by focusing much too much on himself. Did he really have to go into detail about his own health problems?

    November 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Undersea photographer Rob Stewart, who directed, wrote, narrated, stars in, and helped shoot Sharkwater, really, really loves sharks. He also fears for their future on the planet. His lively documentary makes you see why, on both counts.

    November 2, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This beautiful and horrifying debut feature by the underwater cameraman Rob Stewart of Toronto characterizes the depletion of the world's shark population as an ecological catastrophe with dire consequences for humanity.

    November 2, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5

Audience Reviews for Sharkwater

  • Nov 22, 2009
    A counterpoint to most of the sensational shark documentaries out there, this one introduces sharks as shy and amazing. It focuses on the fishing, finning, and depopulation issues. Even the mob and Greenpeace are involved. An interesting film for those looking for another side to sharks and our global aquatic ecosystem.
    Steve K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2009
    I loved this documentary. It was so beautiful but it shed light on things humans are doing that are, at best, ugly. We need ALL animals here and everyone needs to see this film to become more open-minded about sharks and stopping the disgusting practices that are endangering their existence.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2008
    Of all the documentaries I have seen about the impact of human activity on the environment, this is by far the most gripping. It is not the Discovey Channel approach. The images are so amazing you will probably never look at the sea the same way again.
    Rhady N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2008
    I dare you to watch this film and not feel instantly compelled to save sharks. Amazing underwater scenes from a first time documentary director.
    Leina R Super Reviewer

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