Not for the delicate of stomach, and surprisingly even-handed. Sensitively deals with an incredibly emotive subject. I was impressed that they didn't make more of a "hey look that hot chick from Heroes is on our side" bit too. All together a fantastic piece of documentary work, and definitely food for thought.
I'm glad i watched it. Otherwise i could never learn about Ric O'Barry and his heroic deeds. The Cove is not a usual documantery that wants to teach you something, instead it tries to shake you and shatter the illusion behind Flipper's smile. In the end , i agree Ric, if we are not able to fix the problem in that little cove, how can we hope to fix the bigger problems we are facing as mankind. The Cove certainly adds something about Humanity and for everything it stands for.
A very unnerving documentary that probably has one of the most disturbing 5 minutes of film ever shot. You have to give all the people involved with this a huge load of credit because they put their asses on the line to get some incredibly traumatic footage. I would suggest the movie to everyone, but if you are squeamish you should probably stop watching after they set up all the hidden cameras.
You don't have to be an animal rights activist to become emotionally engaged in this shocking story of how a small town in Japan is responsible for the mass slaughter of dolphins every year. Be warned that there are some EXTREMELY GRAPHIC scenes near the end. I'm rating this highly because of its vitally significant message.
Once again a documentary proves that to be most effective it should deliver itself in much the same way that any Hollywood picture does. This is full of drama, tension (huge), much needed comic relief, injustice and just a sliver of hope. Probably more compelling then just about anything else you'll see from the same year.
Upsetting documentary. Why is it so hard to change something in this world? I really have no words for that ending with the secret dolphin footage.. I'm not a huge dolphin fan, but the way humans can act is just sick
A surprisingly thoughtful documentary although it takes several shortcuts to try to prove its point. At the end I thought they were using too much of the time trying to show how they captured the evidence ninja-style when what I really wanted was a broader look into the possible ways of solving this dilemma.
Though decidedly one-sided, it's hard to watch The Cove and come up with a valid, "Yeah, but..." statement. If you want a fun, lighthearted movie then you should stay as far away as possible. But if you want a good reminder of just how inhumane humans can be, check it out.
I figured that this was just another activist documentary. Preachy and simplistic, you know? And it is, but it's better than I thought it would be. I mean, when the people in The Cove begin to speak about "the government" being responsible for this "cover-up," I mentally check out. They make the Japanese Representative to the International Whaling Commission, which they describe as a symbolic and toothless organization, into the villain of the film, simply because narratively it needs one. Lazy.
I like dolphins, but not enough to have been interested in this film. But you know how some New Yorker articles turn out to be really fascinating even though you had no interest in the subject matter initially? That's the case with this movie. Plus, it is pretty suspenseful and exciting. Having said that, I don't think it's a very thoughtful or fair type of documentary, namely, are there some animals that are so valuable that you can impose these values on anyone else?
This film transcends its environmental core to take a broad look at the myopic reality of the Taiji dolphin hunt. Yes, it is a biased depiction, but rather than focus all of its energy on the emotional slaughter the film chooses to examine personal, ecological, political, medical, and economic issues that arise from the killing and consumption of dolphins. In the end, the antagonists seem misguided rather than villainous, and the film's suggestions reasonable rather than radical.
I would have enjoyed this documentary more if it weren't about dolphins. I liked how it was kinda a documentary of how they did this documentary. I also enjoyed all the recon / spy type stuff they did. I also promise, as an American, I will continue to do my part by not eating dolphin meat or going to Seaworld. I also promise to agree that brutally killing things is wrong.
An interesting and sobering documentary, definitely worth seeing. Be warned though that once they get their secret cameras set up, the movie "climaxes," so to speak, with a five-minute-long dolphin slaughter sequence, spearing, spewing blood, dolphins screaming and dying. Important to acknowledge the existence of, but unless a dolphin killed your family, likely to be one of the most unpleasant things you've ever seen on a movie screen.