The Cove tells the amazing true story of how an elite team of individuals, films makers and free divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate the hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The shocking discoveries were only the tip of the iceberg.
Interesting but occasionally hyperbolic documentary. It is undoubtedly one-sided (as docs tend to be), in fact one of the major participants among the activists is the director himself. There's some reliance on shock value as well, most notably the way the story builds to its "money shot" at the grisly climax. Still, it's compelling (and sometimes heartbreaking) material and one can't help but admire Ric O'Barry and his associates for their heroic efforts to expose the problem.
More like a espionage thriller than a documentary, this piece deserves all the awards it gets. While it tells a story about aqua parks' dirty background, it also tells the industry of fishing. Changing all my thoughts about dolphins and that creepy little village in Japan, the movie was both fun and educational. "The dolphin smile is nature's greatest deception.", well find out what lies behind that smile and the secret cove. (It was like Friday the 13th: The Dolphin Genocide)
I am not the biggest greenie-weenie in the world, but this is a fascinating, very affecting documentary
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.