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The Cove

by

Jeff Nelson

The Cove is an interesting, yet heartbreaking documentary that is sure to shock audiences worldwide.

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It's rare to come across a documentary that has such incredible emotional power over the audience. The Cove touched the hearts of many moviegoers all around the world. I'm not a big fan of documentaries, but some of them handle the topic matter so well that it keeps me engrossed from start to finish. People consume the flesh of many animals around the world, however we don't always know exactly what we're eating. The Cove informs audiences of the torture and abuse dolphins are enduring in Japan. I wasn't aware of such details presented in this film, although viewers should be cautious that the footage isn't sugar-coated and it gets quite disturbing.

Daring animal activists arrive with surveillance equipment at a scenic cove in Taijii, Japan, to capture footage of a secretive and heavily guarded operation run by the world's largest supplier of dolphins. As the group sets out to expose the horrifying truths behind the capture of dolphins for the lucrative tourist industry, they also uncover an environmental catastrophe. Dolphins have always been known to be one of the most lovable ocean dwellers. Not only are we presented with interviews from witnesses and activists, but actual footage of the brutal dolphin killings. It becomes quite difficult to watch at times. However, this is only the beginning. The movie soon introduces a government cover-up and how they're endangering not only the dolphin species, but the safety of those who reside in Japan. A good documentary is able to show the topic from many different perspectives. The Cove presents many different forms of informing us of the slaughtering that takes place. While the pace is slow and steady, the final act is the most disturbing portion of the entire film. Those who cannot handle watching a slaughter of an entire cove full of dolphins should beware of this scene. The Cove is a film that isn't easy to forget. The subject matter is disturbing and difficult to watch at times. Once you see this movie, it won't be easy to forget.

There are a variety of different source elements utilized in order to create the film as a whole. Different types of cameras and some surveillance cameras are used to tell the story of what's going on. There's also some stock footage used, which is obvious when used given the low quality. Those searching for a high-definition look will not achieve this with The Cove. The editing is phenomenal and the entire story is told consistently and smoothly. For being shot on handheld and surveillance cameras, The Cove is well-shot.

After watching this documentary, I found myself not able to get this out of my mind. It's a disturbing occurrence that has taken place in Japan and caused an international uproar. I'm glad to see that this film has received quite a bit of attention. Even though it's not enjoyable to watch the slaughter or capture of dolphins, it's an important movie to watch given the point that the dolphin species is at. The Cove is an interesting, yet heartbreaking documentary that is sure to shock audiences worldwide, although it will inform us along the way. This is recommended for those who can endure the tragic situations.

My Rating = Four Stars

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