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Blackfish 2013 PG-13 CC

Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such ...

Starring:
Tilikum, John Hargrove
Runtime:
1 hour, 24 minutes

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Genres Drama, Documentary
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Starring Tilikum, John Hargrove
Supporting actors Samantha Berg, Mark Simmons, Kim Ashdown, Dean Gomersall, James Earl Jones, Shamu, Carol Ray, John Jett, Dawn Brancheau, Jeffrey Ventre, Thomas Tobin, Dave Duffus, Jim Payne, Martha Sugalski, Whoopi Goldberg, David Kirby, Anderson Cooper, John Crowe
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
The documentary takes you back to the 1980,s and the beginning o the Orca's demise. It has various interviews and first person narratives of how orcas actually have displayed aggressive behavior within the confined pools in SeaWorld and other places, like Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain. There is some bloodshed in the movie, so I would advise caution if you plan on taking your kids. This piece is similar to another movie about similar cetacean, The Cove; in both movies you get pieces of a truth well hidden by those with a fat pocket, unwilling to let go the reins of a multi-billionaire industry. It's just sad.

My opinion:

Be prepared to view heartbreaking footage. To pillage another being's young, to dislpay it in front of millions of viewers and lie to the public in order to conceal the animals' frustration--leading to fatal, aggressive behavior--is immoral. It's obvious to you as a viewer how much these animals suffer when they are being taken from their pods by looking at the trainer's reaction to the animal's captivity. The saddest part of the movie for me was Tilikum's abduction. An orca's wailing after its young has been taken from its side is heartbreaking.

So think about it for one second. You're taken from your parents when you are four years old, stuck in a tank made of concrete, and forced to hang out with strangers from a diversity of cultures you would probably hate (each pod of orcas is so different that it's like comparing the Homo sapiens, a single species, with thousands of different religions) --this is the road to insanity.

It's not only about freeing Tilikum; it's also about stopping the massive hunting of whales and other highly intelligent beings, like dolphins. Cetaceans are having a hard time nowadays. Watch "The Cove" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
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By MayMay on September 2, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I am giving Blackfish five stars not because it is the best-made documentary I've seen, but because everyone should see it. I teach college students and I often show The Cove; starting this November I will also be showing this movie. I often hear students (and others) complain that a documentary is biased, as though that is somehow against the rules. Of course Blackfish is biased; most docs are. Even The March of the Penguins betrays some pro-penguin bias; we don't notice because, hey, who doesn't like penguins? Plus, of course, there are no humans on camera interfering with them.

This movie is rather graphic for children, but I will allow my 10yo to see it. The whale penis was not as disturbing to me as the whale blood, but if blood is the price of entertainment then I think we should all know about it.

The film's argument is not quite as tightly structured as I might like, but I was fascinated and emotionally involved, and I certainly came away convinced. (Well, maybe I already belonged to the choir.) There is a Sea World in my city, and, although I have always been uncomfortable with the confinement of animals, I didn't absolutely refuse to go there until I saw The Cove. It's hard for me to imagine anyone seeing Blackfish and still buying tickets.
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I watched Blackfish seven times over this last weekend and cried every single time. I was mesmerized, traumatized, heartbroken, stunned. I learned a world of valuable information about Orcas that I never knew before. Sea World isn't teaching it. EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THIS PLANET SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO WATCH IT... (including age-appropriate children...especially age-appropriate children. In a few years, they'll be the rich and famous and influential entertainers and senators and members of the House and the White House. Unless, of course, there are enough of those kinds of people with that power who can get it done right... HOW ABOUT NOW...? AND NOT WAIT UNTIL OUR KIDS GROW UP.

If I had known back in the 70s, when I took my daughter as a toddler and an elementary school student to Sea World once a week or more, what I know now... and if I had the power and fame to legislate Orcas and dolphins in captivity as criminal, and you evil, ignorant, money-greedy administrators of the "marine parks" (SEALAND!?? REALLY??) Sealand is a segment in Black Fish and is now closed. It was a poor-man's version of Sea World... where the Orcas were inhumanely, crazy-wicked-bad 'taken such good care of. Can you hear my sarcasm? Every man who has ever used these breathtaking awesome highly emotive and intelligent creatures to make money should all serve prison terms: confined for 25 years in a bathtub.... inside a prison cell. You can get out of it for a half hour 'show' every afternoon walking on your hands in the prison yard.

The documentary is carefully, exquisitely, professionally, compellingly produced. I've watched it seven times and have been brought to tears every single time.
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Everyone should see this movie to learn the truth about orcas in captivity. It's a terrifying, heartbreaking, well-constructed argument and the images and interviews will haunt you. I can't wait until an equivalent documentary is done about other forms of animal captivity like circuses and zoos, etc.
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