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Genre Documentary
Running Time 90 min
Release Date Jul 19, 2013
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Blackfish

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, in our contemporary lore this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus-beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who-unlike… Show more

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July 25, 2013 - Boston.com - Janice Page, Globe Staff

It sounds like a summer blockbuster adapted from the pages of a Peter Benchley novel: A crazed serial killer whale is stalking theme park performers, trainers, and even one hapless after-hours visitor. But “Blackfish” is no trumped-up horror story fueled by Hollywood brand names and special effects. In this riveting documentary, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, all of the creatures are real, and all seem entitled to the serious chip on their shoulders. SeaWorld’s most infamous bull orca, Tilikum, stars as himself.

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