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Rated PG-13 · 90 min. · 2013


In the first 10 or 15 minutes of this killer whale documentary, there's one basic, extremely worthy conclusion we'll draw: Humans should not keep orcas in captivity. But instead of continuing its inquiry into existential questions about humans and the non-humans we dominate, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's film turns out to be a rather conventional 60 Minutes-style exposé of Sea World's workplace safety record. The safety of marine park employees may not be a trivial matter, but the film's focus on this issue means that it largely elides discussion of our fundamental relationship with the beasts of the global wild.

See our full review: The killer whale in the bathtub: <i>Blackfish</i>

The killer whale in the bathtub: Blackfish

Although one-sided and rather academic, Blackfish draws one basic, extremely worthy conclusion: Humans should not keep orcas in captivity. »

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Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Writer: Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Eli B. Despres
Producer: Manuel Oteyza
Cast: Kim Ashdown, Ken Balcomb, Samantha Berg, Dawn Brancheau, Dave Duffus, Daniel Patrick Dukes, Howard Garrett, Dean Gomersall, John Hargrove and Carol Ray



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