Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #324 The Cove

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2011 at 6:11 AM

Movie #324 The Cove

(2009, US, d. Louie Psihoyos)

The Cove is one of the few documentaries in my life that have completely riveted me to the screen. Not only that, it is probably the only documentary I’ve ever seen that legitimately made me want to take action against the injustices made against the poor dolphins depicted here. But as I thought about this over and over again, I realized this was not purely due to the content, for I’ve seen documentaries about far more unethical (human-related) injustices. It was because of the filmmaking. The Cove‘s greatest strength comes from creating the sense of genuine tension and fear within the minds of the audience. Through secret footage, surveillance camera material, and the right editing, the audience is thrown into an intriguing, albeit sometimes terrifying, story of trying to uncover the truth behind alleged dolphin slaughters in the small town of Taiji, Japan. It is a film so raw, so moving, and so powerful, you won’t be able to even get up from your seat. It’s the rare documentary that slaps you in the face and challenges you to look at the world you inhabit differently and ask to yourself why there are people out there willing to put financial gains over something as cruel as this. Well-made and even more well-edited, The Cove is one hell of a film. Watch it.

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  1. ∞ “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller

    ∞ “He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

    ∞ “To me, you’re either an activist or an inactivist.” ~ Louie Psihoyos | quote from The Cove

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