The Cove – Review

Posted January 19, 2009 in
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The Cove

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Louie Psihoyos

In the 1960s, Ric O’Barry helped create the family friendly television program, Flipper. Forty years later, he’s one of the most well-known activists spending every waking minute of his life to rescue captivated dolphins. His biggest challenge lies in the remote location of Taiji, Japan, where each year over 23,000 dolphins are horrifically slaughtered in a veiled cove, which no one has ever been allowed to film in…until now. With assistance from every source imaginable, Ric and his covert team risk their lives to reveal the true horrors shrouded in the land of the rising sun. Comparable to last year’s heist documentary on artistic expression, Man on Wire, Psihoyos’ crucial message can ultimately save lives. Did you know that dolphin meat’s mercury levels are considered toxic, and yet are still sold to the citizens of Japan? Not only does the abundance of jaw-dropping content make this film a masterpiece, but the oceanic cinematography is some of the most fascinating imagery to reach the screen in ages. In the course of its run, The Cove will not only save lives, but will change them as well.

- Jimmy Martin