Killer whales live up to their billing in Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary, which accuses the marine-park industry of turning at least one of its orcas homicidal.
Tilikum, a violent 12,000lb cetacean has three people’s blood on his fins but the true villains are the faceless higher-ups who let him perform with trainers unaware of his lethal baggage.
Essentially a SeaWorld snuff movie, Blackfish evokes awe, rage and pity as it explores how our desire to learn more about our mammalian cousins has led to their exploitation.
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