At the Edge of the World
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At the Edge of the World chronicles the controversial Sea Shepherd Antarctic Campaign against a Japanese whaling fleet. The international volunteer crew, under-trained and under-equipped, develop a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics with which to stop the whalers. But first they must find the Japanese ships, a far more difficult challenge than ever imagined - long-time activist Paul Watson and first-time captain Alex Cornelissen employ an array of strategies in the hopes of finding an elusive adversary in the vast expanse of the Ross Sea. With one ship (the Farley Mowat) too slow to chase down the whaling fleet, with their second ship (the Robert Hunter) unsuited for Antarctic ice conditions and with no country supporting their efforts to enforce international law, the situation becomes increasingly desperate. Against all odds, however, a real-life pirate tale unfolds - a modern-day David vs. Goliath adventure.
An intrepid record of modern-day piracy. Directed by Dan Stone to highlight moral as well as legal conflicts, this strikingly humane film may function as a prequel to Animal Planet s Whale Wars but is light years ahead in visual clarity and narrative ambition. --Jeannette Catsoulis- The New York Times
At the Edge of the World is the summer season's most surprising and thought-provoking documentary. --Andrew O Hehir- Salon.com
This real-life drama and its vast setting demand to be experienced on the big, instead of the little screen men go overboard, skiffs go missing, and the long arm of the law threatens in this lean, sharply directed film. --Elena Oumano - The Village Voice
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We heard about the this documentary that inspired the tv show and just had to get it for him.
Anyone know of someone selling toy boats that look like Sea Shepard ships or whale fleet? We would love to surprise him with that too.
The film captures modern-day true-life heroes engaging together in their efforts to stave off the Japanese hunting vessels that are under the guise of 'research' in order to illegally slaughter whales for profit. A strong sense of purpose and group-member support among all those involved comes across clearly on screen.
Following the courageous, passionate, and determined crew members, are the just as brave, bold, and courageous cameramen who capture the heroic actions on film - some moments of which are hair raising! Also as captivating, and nothing less than breathtaking, is the cinematography of the vast Antarctic landscape, its majestic icebergs, crystal blue waters, and its beautiful wildlife.
Enhancing the film's emotive quality is the music selection. The soundtrack creates the perfect atmosphere for each scene in which the music is placed. Nothing is over or under done.
"At the Edge of the World" is a film that yearns to be seen on a big screen due to the expansive landscape, action scenes, and cinematography; the bigger the screen, the better. The DVD is one to have on hand when in need of inspiration. Nothing is more motivating than watching people come together for a cause that is dear to them - and this film puts the viewer right in the middle of it all.
the film follows captain watson's team on their seemingly impossible mission of locating japanese vessels harvesting whale meat for consumption under the guise of 'research.' that this brazen breach of international law (and ethics or morals or whatever you would call it) continues with opposition only from a small and poorly funded group of activists is a worthy enough story to tell. thats not the only reason to see the film though.
see the film if you have ever been to a restaurant and ordered fish without having any idea if it is sustainable or not (the answer is often surprisingly difficult to find out). see the film if you've ever heard the clash's song about the supermarket and have thought about it literally. see the film if you have a pet and are a meat-eater and ever wondered where to draw the line. finally, see the film even if you don't care about any of that but just want to be taken on a real life-threatening adventure and feel it from the deck of the ship like only a handful of people have.
the documentary itself is just fun to watch: that cover shot is an amazing scene to watch in real-time and paul watson comes off almost as a merry clown. 'at the edge' is a tribute to human ingenuity at its worst (unethical behavior) and best (the resistance to that behavior) and is thoroughly enjoyable to watch.