Blackfish is 2013 documentary about the dangers of keeping orcas in captivity. The film focuses on a male killer whale named Tilikum, and how he was whalenapped from his pod and forced into a tank with other killer whales that constantly asserted their dominance over him at night, while being forced to perform tricks in front of thousands of screaming fans during the day. Tilikum’s biggest claim to fame is the fact that he’s responsible for the deaths of three people.
This documentary was seen as a devastating expose on aquatic amusement parks. SeaWorld suffered from a lot of bad publicity and a huge loss of profits from people boycotting their parks. You can’t watch this film and not be affected by it. The filmmakers might have skewed some facts, but you can’t deny that SeaWorld relies on animal slavery as a business model. It was only a matter of time before the world finally realized it.
Critically Rated at 14/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young