Movie Review: The Cove


I watched The Cove earlier this week. Tiffany, who lived in Japan after college, recommended it to me. Recently, it won an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary. It's about the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. I'm going to be honest, I wouldn't have watched it if Tiffany hadn't told me to. I just never had a lot of interest in dolphins. I think it's safe to say this movie changed that.

As a bleeding-heart liberal, I've always had a soft spot for those treated unfairly, human or animal. This place in Japan, Taiji, September through March of every year, captures tens of thousands of dolphins. People come from all over the world to buy these dolphins for things like swimming with dolphin programs at island resorts, Seaworld, etc. The dolphins who aren't chosen are taken around the corner to this cove where they are brutally slaughtered. Every day. September through March.

The movie follows a team of activists trying to capture on film what happens in this cove. They end up going at night & setting up hidden cameras & microphones everywhere. Eventually, they get the cove slaughter caught on film. It's possibly the most brutal thing I've ever seen. I got choked up & had to look away. I couldn't watch it. The entire cove actually turns red from the massive amount of blood. It will rip your heart out.

It's only an hour & a 1/2 long, so it's not a big time investment. I think it's something people should see. Report back.

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