The opening of the film is more like a modern spy thriller than the animal planet type documentaries we are used to seeing. Filming with a heat-seeking, military-issued camera, the opening sequence establishes a sinister tone that permeates the whole documentary. This isn’t going to be a ‘look at the dolphins aren’t they pretty, aren’t they clever’ sort of film - be prepared for something completely different.image
The Cove is a superb documentary, deserving of its festival accolades. It is inspiring to see what people can do if they are really passionate about a cause. The documentary follows, perhaps the most committed of them all, dolphin activist, Richard O’Barry. O’Barry was the dolphin trainer on the TV series, Flipper and feels a heavy responsibility for the commercialisation of the mammal-‘10 years building the industry up, 35 years trying to tear it down’. This is a man whose personal guilt oozes off the screen. Now a well-known and seemingly much despised protector of the cetacean species, he travels the globe answering the call of dolphins in peril.
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