- 1 hr 24 min
Blackfish is a documentary that depicts the captivity of a killer whale that had caused the deaths of three people. It leaves nothing out when it shows the results of keeping such a massive and intelligent marine mammal in captivity is like. It reveals the story of Tilikum, the killer whale who ended up living up to his name and explains just what went wrong to make him turn on his handlers and trainers. The footage and interviews explain the mammal's nature, how cruel whales are treated when they are held in captivity and the increasing ambivalence that whale handlers have developed over the years. This movie blows the cover off of what happens when captive animals are subjected to human cruelty and uncaring nature; just what it takes to turn a gentle and highly intelligent creature into a vicious and murdering animal. It delves into the deepest and most hidden depths of the whale's mind, showing exactly what kind of torment and anguish that the creature has to endure at the hands of its human handlers and trainers. Blackfish also explores the minds of the humans involved with Tilikum as well. How they ended up uncaring and disillusioned by the concept of having killer whales work in a sea park. Why they simply stopped caring about their non-human charges and subjecting them to neglect, abuse and outright cruelty. It is a look into the minds of people who have forgotten how to care about the creatures whose lives they are entrusted with and the repercussions that those animals can take when they are pushed too far. This movie delves into the darker sides of the human mind and animal instinct, presenting the viewers with an in-depth psychological view of just how much it takes for human and non-human minds to simply snap, how long it takes for absolute cruelty and mistreatment to overcome any notion of humanity.