by Tony Medley
Run Time 87 minutes.
Only for children.
This plays like Disney had
lots of stock footage in its vault and wanted to get rid of it, even
though they didn’t know what it was about.
It’s hard to believe that
the banal, uninformative script was actually written by seven, count
them, seven people! But that’s what they claim, and they should all get
credit for one of the most unenlightening scripts ever written for a
documentary. So here are their names; Christophe Cheysson (who
directed), Jacques Cluzad (who also directed), Laurent Debas, Stéphane
Durand, Laurent Gaudé, Jacques Perrin, and François Sarano.
I sat through this film and
didn’t learn a damn thing. My showing was at a normal theater and half
of the audience was comprised of children under the age of 9. That’s the
level of intellect that this script targets. But the children were
running up and down the aisles paying little attention to what was on
the screen, so it didn’t capture their fancy, either.
Just to show how
uninterested the filmmakers were in educating people, they show several
pictures taken from space of rivers spilling into the ocean spewing
filth. But they never once identify any of the rivers or the location of
the photographs! Gee, thanks, guys.
They fill the film with
ocean creatures, but rarely identify what the creatures are that they
are showing us. They don’t identify what’s going on on the screen. There
is shot after shot after shot of unidentified creatures swimming. Some
are swimming to the left and some are swimming to the right. They are
all, apparently, in the ocean, which is why they made the final cut.
The filmmakers apparently
have a political message and show some of the creatures helplessly
trapped in huge nets. But they never once mention the word “Japanese”
when the Japanese are the main culprits in the despicable endeavor of
destroying the great whales. Can anyone spell “cowards” (and I’m not
talking about the Japanese)?
Pierce Brosnan was assigned
the task of reading this horrible script, but every time he utters
something it sounds as if someone had to awaken him out of a sound sleep
to read the lines. Could it have been more soporifically read by someone
else? I don't think so.
Actually, some of the
photography, while not award quality, is interesting, just to think of
how they got the shots. But it is certainly not enough to justify
spending good money to sit through this thing, especially since there is
so little actual information imparted. There are some good shots of
Don’t you think that one of
the seven people who wrote the script, or someone at Disney, might have
said, “Why don’t we identify more of these creatures? Why don’t we give
our audience some facts? Why don’t we try to educate them about the
ocean?” Apparently not.