Blackfish

2013

Documentary / Drama

43
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 53852

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by kenson-89443 1 / 10

Don't Watch

Only parts of it are true. The majority of the film is false facts, and lies. I have had 3 friends who worked at the San Diego Seaworld, and they have told me first-hand facts about the falseness of this film. Two of them worked directly with the Orcas, and the accident that happened to the trainer, was indeed sad, but it was just that, an accident. If they had done better research for the film...then I may consider giving it a better review. But since they obviously didn't do enough research, then they will get the lowest rating possible on IMDb.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 6 / 10

"We have not learned a damn thing..."

Orcas, captured in the wild off Puget Sound and Iceland, are sold into captivity to be displayed at theme parks; one such killer whale, named Tilikum, is bought by SeaWorld from the closing Sealand of the Pacific in British Columbia, mainly for breeding purposes--following a horrific incident wherein Tilikum killed a trainer during a performance. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's scathing indictment of SeaWorld and its unconscionable practices shows clearly the inhumane treatment Orcas endure just to be displayed for show, and the footage of aggressive behavior by killer whales towards unprotected, sometimes uneducated eager young trainers is horrifying. The film is enlightening not only as a cautionary tale, but also as a document of how greed blinds corporations from doing the right thing. Heartbreaking and hard to watch, though edited at times with manipulative fervor--to get an extra rise out of the viewer. Nevertheless, essential viewing. **1/2 from ****

Reviewed by rkaliz 9 / 10

Wake-up slap in the face

I will just mention one instance from the documentary and you think about it. There is a short mentioning of how a trainer used to train Orcas that were new to the park by putting them together with older, trained Orcas and asking them to perform the same tasks. When they, inevitably, failed, both animals were punished by being deprived of food. So the older, trained Orca, took it out on the younger, untrained one. Now, sit back and think about the same tactic being employed by human parents against their children. "I don't know who did it, but you are both grounded". There you go – a documentary about whales in captivity that taught you something about your own wrong methods of parenting.

Aside from that, when you are done watching this, you will probably and justifiably never want to go to a marine park show with Orcas ever again. The documentary just works as a wake-up slap. We separate a baby whale calf from its mother and social structure, keep it as grown, 5 ton, apex predator in a pool for its entire life and milk it for its semen. If you ask me, Orcas must be the most mellow creatures on earth, for them to have only killed this few people in captivity…

You want to see Orcas? Fly to Alaska or Iceland and get on a boat, to see them as they are meant to be: Swimming free and with erected dorsal fins.

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