Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, and a bunch of other people
Ridiculous narration from a 1962 film clip of a dolphin being hauled onto a boat: The men handle this creature with infinite care. She seems to sense that she has come home…that no harm will come to her now. She is safe!
Documentary about the ruthless slaughter of dolphins that takes place in a small cove in a city in Japan and one man’s attempt to bring an end to it.
Well, get ready to be depressed by the seemingly limitless bounds of humanity’s cruelty and stupidity. I could probably write for quite a while about how horrible the dolphin massacre footage is (and I’m guessing they left out some of the worst stuff to get a PG-13 rating) and about how moronic the reasoning behind it is, but I’ll just point you toward this movie if you want to see those points made in a much more interesting manner.
But there’s more to this movie than just the Ocean’s Eleven type scheme to get past the angry fishermen and set up hidden cameras in the cove. There’s also a lot of interesting information about dolphins in general, the danger inherent in consuming their mercury rich meat, and the politics involved in whale and dolphin hunting.
You don’t have to be a vegan or animal rights activist to see that this dolphin slaughter is pointless and actually harmful to humans since the meat is consumed (sometimes in the guise of whale meat) by people who don’t know that they’re taking in high amounts of mercury along with the dolphin meat. I’m sure there are people who will say it’s hypocritical to denounce the killing of dolphins without also going after those who slaughter cows and other animals, but I think it’s the sheer senselessness of the slaughter that really hits home here. I know they say they have their reasons, but their reasons are faulty at best.
The whole situation is just awful and stupid, and it’s good to see that somebody is trying to bring it to an end.
Oh, and as a bonus, you get to see Hayden Panettiere getting arrested and crying after an attempted protest, so that’s fun.
Dolphins are cute and not good for eating.
10 – .5 for being a bit too theatrical at times – .3 for possibly being a tad manipulative here and there = 9.2