In 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran trainer at the well-known Orlando, FL, water park Sea World, lost her life when she was attacked by Tilikum, a bull orca (or "killer whale") weighing 10,000 pounds who was a regular attraction at the park. What made the incident all the more disturbing was this was not the first time Tilikum had turned on one of his trainers, and that the orca had also caused the death of a trainer in 1991 before he was purchased by Sea World. While orcas will sometimes attack humans in captivity, such incidents are extremely rare in the wild, leading some scientists to question the wisdom of keeping large, intelligent, and sometimes territorial creatures in captivity and expecting them to perform on a regular basis. Filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite began researching the lives of orcas in captivity after the death of Dawn Brancheau, and in the documentary Blackfish, she offers a powerful and provocative look at a remarkable breed of animals that humans still don't fully understand, and how the financial interests of water parks and resorts may run counter to the best interests of the animals they put on display. Taking its title from a Native American name for orcas, Blackfish received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.~Mark Deming
Who knew all the background of this movie could make you think. Definitely makes you look at Sea World differently. Who decides what is right for these wild animals. What gives us the right to take them from their families and put them in displays for our enjoyment. Fantastic movie!
Great perspective. Totally changed my viewpoint on captivity. Very educational.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great movie. It was very interesting to learn how these animals work. It was definitely a jaw dropping documentary. I was interested all the way through which is huge for me because I always get distracted during movies and play with my phone or laptop. It is definitely a good documentary and worth buying!
Great documentary about a tragic situation of mammals in the aquatic parks known worldwide. The movie holds no barrels and it's a punch to the stomach — but it should be watched because its poignancy. Great Blu-ray.