USA, 2013, 83 Minute Running Time
ENDING Friday Sept 26th at Sie FilmCenter
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 this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice. 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 went wrong?
"A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a bruised and battered killer whale at its center..."
Senior Film Critic
Read Justin Chang's complete review of Blackfish at Variety.com
DIRECTOR: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
US Distributor: Magnolia
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