Sunday, August 2, 2020

Review Blackfish (2013)


#Blackfish (2013): 7/10

Blackfish documents the shocking true story surrounding the untimely death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau and details the key events that lead up to her killing by male orca Tilikum at Orlando Florida’s aquatic park SeaWorld in 2010.

For a documentary, Blackfish doesn’t half unsettle with some unnerving video footage and explanations from ex-employees describing the behaviour of the orcas on-screen. It even has a psychological thriller feel to it at points. Blackfish is clearly one-sided, but it’s hard to argue against its compelling argument from the actual footage and character recollections being offered up to the viewer throughout the documentary.

Whatever your views of the documentary and its opinions from those featured in the film though, it certainly does raise the same moral questions that need answering; should these animals be in captivity? Are big corporations taking animals from the wild for the animal’s benefit? On this evidence, the short answer would appear to be a resounding no.

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