The Cove

The Cove

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The Cove

Eco-documentary, from National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos and marine crusade Richard O'Barry, campaigning for the end to dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

In Taiji, dolphin's are captured for the world's dolphinariums. The grotesque by-product of this already questionable trade is that surplus dolphins are slaughtered and passed off as whale meat in the supermarkets of Japan. The film follows US conservation group Oceanic Preservation Society – equipped and financed to the tune of $5 million by Netscape founder Jim Clark – as it covertly penetrates the massive wall of security around the operation in order to capture the footage that should blow this operation out of the water. Former Flipper trainer Ric O'Barry, painfully aware of the role that TV series had in popularising performing dolphin shows, is an eloquent and moving exponent of dolphin rights and a clued-up commentator on the intransigence of the Japanese and the ineffectiveness of the International Whaling Commission. (Source: NZ International Film Festival)

Academy Award winner for Best Documentary, 2010. Audience Award (Documentary), Sundance Film Festival 2009.
2009Rating: M, content may disturb94 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
Louie Psihoyos (feature debut)
Writer:
Mark Monroe
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Variety

Variety

press

Eco-activist documentaries don't get much more compelling than The Cove, an impassioned piece of advocacy filmmaking that follows "Flipper" trainer-turned-marine crusader Richard O'Barry in his efforts to end dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Like the director's cover story, the movie is a Trojan horse: an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller, complete with bugged hotel rooms, clandestine derring-do and mysterious men in gray flannel suits.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

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The film-makers maintain a relentless pace, frequent confrontations with Japanese fisherman and caricature-like law enforcement notwithstanding. The Cove is outstanding film-making.

4.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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A documentary dressed up as a knuckle-whitening thriller.

4.0
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Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

With a spy-thriller intellect and activist spirit, The Cove is an utterly compelling exploration of the dolphin trade, and the efforts of one passionate individual to tear it down.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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A powerful and effective piece of advocacy filmmaking, but it's difficult to watch it without thinking of subtitles like "The Place Where Evil Dwells" or "The Little Town With the Really Big Secret." Which is no accident.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Shot rivetingly by cinematographer Brooke Aitken, who combines digital, night-vision and thermal-imaging formats into a formidable package, the footage is edited tautly by Geoffrey Richman and enhanced measurably by J. Ralph's suspenseful score.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Like Man on Wire in 2008, and Deep Blue Sea in 2007, The Cove is the documentary that deserves to break through in 2009.

5.0
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Civilised - I don't think so!

The Japanese pride themselves on being a civilised race - but these people from Taiji are barbarians, or worse! May they all enjoy the Mercurial benefits of their nefarious trade.

5.0
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THE COVE greenpeace and sea shepards newest ammo for getting your money

as usual the eco terrorists jump on the band wagon and have a moan, this was a rubbish film only showing one side of the story which they broke laws to get. its amazing what people get away with just to tug at heart strings and get money

1.0
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My review

Dolphin = fish, get over yourselves.

1.0
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Love Dolphins? - Join us for The Cove Fundraising screenings

The Cove has all the suspense and thrill of a feature movie but the atmosphere of tension is genuine. The courage and skill of the team is no actor's portrayal -and the personal threat is very real; in facing these extreme circumstances, Director, Louie Psihoyos, original Flipper trainer, Ric O'Barry and crew acheive an accurate record of this shameful...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Eco-activist documentaries don't get much more compelling than The Cove, an impassioned piece of advocacy filmmaking that follows "Flipper" trainer-turned-marine crusader Richard O'Barry in his efforts to end dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Like the director's cover story, the movie is a Trojan horse: an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller, complete with bugged hotel rooms, clandestine derring-do and mysterious men in gray flannel suits.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

The film-makers maintain a relentless pace, frequent confrontations with Japanese fisherman and caricature-like law enforcement notwithstanding. The Cove is outstanding film-making.

4.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A documentary dressed up as a knuckle-whitening thriller.

4.0
0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

With a spy-thriller intellect and activist spirit, The Cove is an utterly compelling exploration of the dolphin trade, and the efforts of one passionate individual to tear it down.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A powerful and effective piece of advocacy filmmaking, but it's difficult to watch it without thinking of subtitles like "The Place Where Evil Dwells" or "The Little Town With the Really Big Secret." Which is no accident.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Shot rivetingly by cinematographer Brooke Aitken, who combines digital, night-vision and thermal-imaging formats into a formidable package, the footage is edited tautly by Geoffrey Richman and enhanced measurably by J. Ralph's suspenseful score.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Like Man on Wire in 2008, and Deep Blue Sea in 2007, The Cove is the documentary that deserves to break through in 2009.

5.0
0

Civilised - I don't think so!

The Japanese pride themselves on being a civilised race - but these people from Taiji are barbarians, or worse! May they all enjoy the Mercurial benefits of their nefarious trade.

5.0
0

THE COVE greenpeace and sea shepards newest ammo for getting your money

as usual the eco terrorists jump on the band wagon and have a moan, this was a rubbish film only showing one side of the story which they broke laws to get. its amazing what people get away with just to tug at heart strings and get money

1.0
0

My review

Dolphin = fish, get over yourselves.

1.0
0

Love Dolphins? - Join us for The Cove Fundraising screenings

The Cove has all the suspense and thrill of a feature movie but the atmosphere of tension is genuine. The courage and skill of the team is no actor's portrayal -and the personal threat is very real; in facing these extreme circumstances, Director, Louie Psihoyos, original Flipper trainer, Ric O'Barry and crew acheive an accurate record of this...

5.0
0