Life//Film / TV
by Marcus Leach
Every now and then a movie comes along that not only makes you sit up and take notice, but want to stand up and take action. That movie is The Cove...
Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, The Cove follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilising state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.
Whilst certain issues in our world shock, and even upset us, we need to know about them. What is happening in Japan is an issue we should all be made aware of, no matter how upsetting it is to see, because the more people who know about this, the higher the chances that one day it will be dealt with. As shocking as it is engrossing The Cove is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, and the courage shown by Richard O'Brien and his elite crew is astonishing. Unlike so many Hollywood movies there is no happy ending to this film, but then that isn't the point of it; the happy ending will come when finally this cruel practice is finished for good. The numerous awards this movie has won pays testament to its quality, it really is a must watch.