'The Cove' & Japanese ignorance



Sometimes you forget just how important art can be. It can transcend all other things and provoke you in unimaginable & curious ways. Of course I'm not talking about Transformers 2- far from it. One of the best movies Ive seen all summer is a documentary about a dolphin slaughterhouse in Japan. Any Hollywood movie can have the biggest budget in the world but try to beat the guerrilla filmmaking thrills of Louie Psihoyos' The Cove- which ends the summer movie season on a glorious & important note. The fact that close to 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered every year at a remote cove near the isolated Taiji waters is appalling, what's even more appalling is the fact that nobody knows about it & just how dangerous it is to our societal welfare. Putting their lives on the line a team of trained rebels -including Richard O'Barry-manage to sneak cameras & mics into the restricted cove to uncover the brutality that happens there every day. Barry -who trained Flipper in the 60's- has regret and anger towards the bloodshed & does his bloodsoaked best to send out a message to the people. All were left with is its climax-a scene of startling brutality that has the power to provoke change & spark out the message. God Speed.

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