Some of the most disturbing footage I have seen in some time is contained right here, so those not keen on viewing any bloodshed or cruelty may well find it hard to stomach. Having said that, it feels as if it needs to be seen. The whole thing is majorly biased, absolutely, but it's also intriguing, intense, and downright traumatic.
is the perfect score denoting the perfect documentary, certainly not. The perfect score here is for the fact that this film perfectly delivers on its humble aims of exposing a problem, explaining its tenets and delivering a very engaging piece performing the task of passing a message. There is little judgment, no grand sacrifice, just the story of a bunch of people and what they do.
In societies where the link between animals and food is being blurred beyond recognition, this film reconnects us with that simple truth. The film is nevermind a candid but shallow affair and perhaps too emotional for its own good. However it should prompt us to look deeper into the concept of human speciesism and ponder our relationship with food, animals and nature at a time when a new conciousness is emerging.
Extremely interesting, the film felt almost like a heist movie or a thriller. A bit short--I wish they would have gone into more depth regarding the social and political conditions regarding the dolphin killings instead of just showing their trip to Taiji. They say that the Japanese don't even eat dolphin but don't interrogate the logic behind the hunts any further.
"The Cove" is a gripping work that potently documents man's capacity for cruelty, climaxing in a truly sickening scene that is, frankly, difficult to watch. Whilst from a stylistic perspective there may be an over-reliance on time-lapses throughout, this takes nothing away from the admirable determination and audacity of the filmmaker and his team to create a documentary that can help make a difference to our world.