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Blackfish (2013)

Opened: 07/19/2013 Limited

Lincoln Ctr/NYC07/19/2013 - 09/12/201356 days
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Genre: Documentary

Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images.

Never capture what you can't control.


Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus--beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who--unlike any orca in the wild--has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Selected Quotes

"A MESMERIZING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER. Righteous, captivating and entirely successful." -- Justin Chang, Variety

"A MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARY. It will doubtlessly be one of this summer's most talked about films." -- Thelma Adams, Yahoo

"Emotionally powerful. As searing as The Cove was, Blackfish has equal if not greater impact." -- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Grade A-. Searing--a full-on takedown of a broken system." -- Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"4 STARS. A calmly rendered indictment that will incite righteous anger in audiences." -- Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune

"A gripping example of documentary filmmaking at its finest." -- Jeff Peterson, Deseret News

"You'll never go to SeaWorld again." -- Dave Poland, MovieCityNews