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Blackfish

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Wed Mar 6 2013

Blame Walt Disney, or Rudyard Kipling, or the makers of ‘Free Willy’, but we do love to anthropomorphise animals. The perils of bestowing imagined human characteristics onto wild creatures is explored in this forceful documentary tracking the case of Tilikum, an orca whose involvement in the accidental deaths of three people led to controversy for its owners, SeaWorld.

It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into life at America’s hugely popular aqua parks, constructed largely from talking-head interviews with former SeaWorld employees – many of whom worked directly with Tilikum (the company itself refused to take part). But TV-trained director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s approach can tend towards the didactic, overdoing the doomy music, teary relatives and shock revelations. This can be aggravating, especially when the point she’s making – that keeping an intelligent, emotionally sophisticated nine-ton animal in an enclosure roughly the size of a two-car garage might not be such a great idea – is so blindingly obvious.

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15

UK release:

Fri Jul 26, 2013

Duration:

83 mins

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Director:

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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Jacqueline

For anyone reading this review ... the reviews below from the public provide a better account of the film than Tom Huddleston's paltry effort for TimeOut.

Jacqueline

For anyone reading this review ... the reviews below from the public provide a better account of the film than Tom Huddleston's paltry effort for TimeOut.

RobG

A must see film, refreshingly well edited, packs a real punch in its 80 odd minute running time. Yet another wide of the mark review by TH.

RobG

A must see film, refreshingly well edited, packs a real punch in its 80 odd minute running time. Yet another wide of the mark review by TH.

johnosullivan

I'm no great animal lover but this shocked me to my core Not sure i agree with the review about the music or teary interviews,i found it quiet restrained Anyone who sees this is morally obliged to take some action, Marine parks should be closed down

johnosullivan

I'm no great animal lover but this shocked me to my core Not sure i agree with the review about the music or teary interviews,i found it quiet restrained Anyone who sees this is morally obliged to take some action, Marine parks should be closed down

LindieO

Where Blackfish plays, the theatres sell out! It's becoming a movement. This film is a game changer because it tells the truth.

LindieO

Where Blackfish plays, the theatres sell out! It's becoming a movement. This film is a game changer because it tells the truth.

Da

So moving. I couldn't stop crying. Everyone needs to see this film. I pray for Tillikum and all other animals in captivity everyday

Da

So moving. I couldn't stop crying. Everyone needs to see this film. I pray for Tillikum and all other animals in captivity everyday

Dr. Doreen Dupont

Riveting expose of the business Orcas in Captivity as told by former trainers form SeaWorld. Horrendous abuse to Orcas kidnapped from families in the wild. Details of how for profit marine entertainment conglomerate issued misleading PR regarding deaths at marine parks. Don't miss.

Dr. Doreen Dupont

Riveting expose of the business Orcas in Captivity as told by former trainers form SeaWorld. Horrendous abuse to Orcas kidnapped from families in the wild. Details of how for profit marine entertainment conglomerate issued misleading PR regarding deaths at marine parks. Don't miss.