The Ivory Game (2016)
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A documentary that plays with the gripping pacing and glossy production values of a suspenseful, international thriller.
While more information on the animals and their ecosystems is needed, the stakes described here are immense, as is the sorrow over majestic creatures massacred only so that their tusks can be made into baubles.
The cameras avoid the goriest angles of the mutilated animals, but the horror is amplified as the film moves from the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania to display windows in Hong Kong showcasing carved ivory curios.
Granted, advocacy docs tend to be kind of dull, but this one tries way too hard to counteract that perception.
So The Ivory Game is often pushily compelling. If it settled down and trusted viewers, it would stand as a stronger documentary. But this is more a work of activism than journalism.
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