Documentaries deliver some of the most powerful stories around if the focus on the subject matter is dealt with properly. One of the latest to be causing the most uproar is Blackfish, that has sent people in a frenzy against Sea World. Could this documentary be as powerful as the hype or is it just another fish tale?
Blackfish follows the multiple incidents, including the three deaths, that prompted the ongoing court case between Sea World and OSHA. These 3 deaths, which included 2 Orca trainers, were caused by Sea World's infamous bull Orca "Tilikum." There is no doubt that after viewing this film it will no doubt open your eyes to the issues with the Killer whales, but to be honest anyone surprised by this film is just foolish. The film itself is well crafted and although is clearly trying to point out the issues at hand, they craft it without making it solely a hate piece against Sea World. This film points out some major issues, but Sea World’s only real issue is the blatant disrespect and cover up of all the situations which clearly makes them liable, but the problem is much bigger than them. The captivity of any animal is an issue and this film points a direct spotlight on one aspect that should come as no surprise to anyone that sees it. The film is fairly graphic from time to time, but never so bad that it’s unwatchable or gruesome. This film does an excellent job showcasing the intelligence level of these magnificent creatures and the horrors they have to go through to not only being captured, but that of having to live in captivity which is wrong on all counts.
The story here isn’t as much about attacking the issues at Sea World, but instead should be with zoo’s and aquariums in general. The majority of wild animals are just that, wild and will not change no matter where you put them. These are tragic events that will continue to happen whether the animal has a history of violence or not, but not just because its being kept in captivity, but because they are wild animals. This is a film that everyone should see if for no other reason just to learn what these animals go through for your mindless entertainment.