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The Cove is an odd film. At times fascinating, shocking, contrived, patronising and annoying. When it tries to be a documentary about the Japanese whaling industry I found it most interesting. Through... Read more its expose of the sham that is the IWC to the touching on mercury poisoning and the ecolological impacts of overfishing I felt it could have been an essential doco. Unfortunately this stuff comes in fits and spurts when the film is not detailing the crusade of a bunch of rich do-gooders trying to secretly film the admittedly awful Taiji dolphin harvest. While I admire their devotion to the cause I though the drama for this part of the film was a bit contrived and something about seeing this jet-setting, extreme-sport-doing, fancy-equipment-having Americans go up against some poor local fisherman seemed a bit off. While there is no mistaking the horror of the final scenes I would have liked to have seen some more effort going into exploring the human side of why this happens. For without the view of the fisherman the whole thing remains as baffling as ever.
This is certainly a shocking film but it is also quite obviosuly set up to promote the film makers and those involved in bringing the revelations to us. It feels like a piece of propaganda ... and... Read more good propaganda shouldn't do that. Neither should good documentaries, of course. There is too much "Bold heroes on a mission to confront us with the SHOCKING TRUTH" type stuff here. Perhaps less of that, and more background to the socio-economic situation that leads the Japanese fishermen shown to resort to barbarity would have been better.
That said, the ultimate message is very, very important; the revelations of how Japan buys favour and support from non-whaling nations shocking; and the links, driven home repeatedly, about the global nature in this ghastly trade is unsettling. The footage is harrowing, and so it should be.
Interesting, disturbing and frustrating documentary with amazing footage. I don't think I'll ever forget some of its images.
This film had me in tears. I cannot believe how the country of Japan can be completely ignorant to what is happening in the town of Taiji. My eyes are now open.
Shocking but this isn't the only place where dolphins are massacred in the world. Look up the Faroe Islands where male children are encouraged to take part in this mass murder of Pilot whales. The Whales... Read more are writhing and thrashing about madly in shallow waters, the ruby-red sea drenched with their blood and no means or hope for the creatures to escape from their captors. the blood-bath scene of a massacre for an age-old tradition of the coming of age, the mark of transition from childhood to adulthood, in the archipelago of the Faroe Islands. And they also eat the mercury rich meat, much like the Japanese public in Taiji. Recommended viewing, but slow to get there. Interesting to note that if fishing is continued at current rate, fish will be depleted within 40 years.
Really enjoyed this documentary, though I did have to cover my eyes at one stage as it was so upsetting. I would highly recommend people to watch this.
This was an amazing documentary that everyone needs to watch regardless of nationality or political beliefs. I was amazed at the inhumane activities that this covers and would urge everyone to watch... Read more this. A++ PS Very cool cinematography using military style thermal cameras as well :)
This is the kind of documentary that puts you off eating fish....so if you are a big fish eater...be warned...but it's a great documentary and the trouble they went to get actually film it shows real committment to the cause.
Fascinating, sad, ironic. A wake up call to us all in our treatment of animals - not just dolphins but all the animals, including cows, sheep, pigs and hens that we abuse and kill.
the fast reality style of filming is not for everyone but the story is one that anyone who cares about marine life and our environment should be aware of and act on....