Part drama, part adventure, part conspiracy and all of it real.
"The Cove" won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The award sounds dry, which he film is anything but. It is well crafted and involves the assemblage and use of an almost "Oceans 11" undercover team, including elements from George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, biologist, advanced military photography, a former Navy Seal, researchers, smugglers and the reality of a movie crew. There are elements of "Ghost Busters" and the "Truth Squad", "All the President's Men" and and undercover reporting from Taliban occupied Afghanistan.
From television's Flipper to the growth of Sea World to the systematic herding and slaughter of dolphins for show animals that entertain to substitues for coveted whale meat sold in Japanese supermarkets and bars around the word. Yet dolphin meat contain toxic levels of mercury and other poisins.
First published 5/3/10