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Maybe you've seen it all, and maybe you're already steeped in outraged, activist documentaries. But you haven't seen anything quite like The Cove, unless you can visualize a disturbing combination of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Free Willy, and the killing of Bambi's mother. The Cove is directed by the experienced National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos, who sets about to uncover a shocking (but regular) ritual on the Japanese coast: the herding and slaughter of thousands of bottlenose dolphins in the town of Taiji. A few dolphins are saved during this process, and sold off to aquariums so they can perform in water shows. The rest are crowded together and--away from prying eyes--stabbed to death, their meat sold as food. (Interviewing Japanese people on the street, they apparently have no idea that the "whale meat" on sale in stores is actually mercury-saturated bottlenose dolphin.) It's not that this mass killing is secret, exactly, but the fishermen of Taiji have done a proactive job of keeping cameras and other observers from getting a good look. Psihoyos wants to change all that, and he assembles a swashbuckling squad of scientists, filmmakers, and nerds (including movie F/X people who design fake rocks for hidden video cameras) to extra-legally smuggle recording equipment into the cove. The team's spiritual and emotional captain is Richard O'Barry, the man who helped popularize dolphins as cuddly animals as the trainer of TV's Flipper back in the 1960s--and who, horrified by the way dolphins have been used in public displays, has been an anti-captivity activist for decades. The footage that results is so shocking it should cause seismic reactions in viewers, and when O'Barry attends a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (portrayed by the film as ineffectual and/or bought off by Japanese interests) armed with video of the slaughter, he's like Rocky Balboa climbing into the ring for one more big fight. After what we've seen in the film at that point, it's unlikely many viewers won't be rooting him on. -Robert Horton
The people doing this excellent documentary are very brave activists.
In this case, the "hidden secret" is the capturing and slaughtering of thousands of dolphins each year in the small fishing town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.
I love this movie and would highly recommend it, very shocking and inspiring.
I started watching this movie because it won an academy award for Best Documentary and I accepted that it was going to be problematic. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ricky Pooski
This is a film to see, share and remember. Director Louis Psihoyos and his brave team risked their lives to bring you this sadly true story. Read morePublished 1 day ago by SmartWorkerBee
Remarkable movie! I wish more people would watch it so that the cause has more voices. The point it raises is very scary! It is well done and shows actually footage.Published 6 days ago by Peach412
Even if you don't consider yourself an animal rights activist, I would recommend watching this. Very enlightening and worth your time.Published 17 days ago by Dillon E.
For those who simply state "it's a food source" in regards to these dolphins, so are monkeys. Or people. But I don't want to butcher them either, because I'm not a sadist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel
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|Why is eating dolphins bad?||
In the film, many of the people in the town of Taiji actually have extremely high levels of mercury in there hair samples. This is believed to be caused by the frequent consumption of whale and dolphin meat by the people of the town.
ZombiBoi is correct - the population of dolphin is... Read More
Sep 26, 2011 by JMM | See all 8 posts
|Proceeds of 'The Cove' question||
The Save Japan Dolphins Campaign and Earth Island Institute do not get any funds from The Cove movie sales. (Those funds go to the OPS, which made the film, and their investors to reimburse them for their considerable costs in making The Cove.)
Mar 8, 2010 by Rose | See all 4 posts
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