We just caught a Saturday matinee screening (along with 10 other intrepid souls) of THE COVE, the compelling documentary and eco-action film produced by the Ocean Preservation Society.
The doc follows the filmmakers’ journey to reveal the horror, carnage and death that takes place beginning each fall in a little cove in Japan. The project’s spiritual catalyst is former “Flipper” trainer turned dolphin activist, Ric O’Barry. The film found its creative spark in O’Barry’s quest to halt the exploitation and slaughter of dolphins worldwide, and more specifically, the heinous and barbaric annual bloodbath and murder of helpless dolphins in a tiny cove in the Japanese fishing village of Taiji.
Director Louis Psihoyos and producer Fisher Stevens assemble an “Oceans Eleven”-style team of world-class free divers, underwater sound and camera experts and Watergate-type adrenaline junkies to expose the horror that’s taking place under cover of night in the heavily protected and secretive cove. The film also explores O’Barry’s personal struggle to fight the marine park industry he jump-started back in the 1960’s – which now manifests itself as the cruel capture, imprisoning and slaughter of beautiful dolphins.
As a movie going experience, THE COVE works splendidly as a real-life eco-caper movie. The underlying themes of (more…)