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MOVIE REVIEW: Blue movie has a conscience

Diver Joel Gonzaga of the Philippine fishing boat Vergene works in and around a skipjack tuna fishing net in a scene from the movie Blue.
Diver Joel Gonzaga of the Philippine fishing boat Vergene works in and around a skipjack tuna fishing net in a scene from the movie Blue. ALEX HOFFORD

THE eco-motivational Australian documentary Blue is sounding the alarm on behalf of the world's oceans, which have just about had their fill of the many mistreatments of mankind.

While beautifully shot and edited, the film trades in some ugly inconvenient truths about the sustained abuse of the marine kingdom.

Madison Stewart and Valerie Taylor swim with sharks in a scene from the movie Blue.
Madison Stewart and Valerie Taylor swim with sharks in a scene from the movie Blue. Contributed



So anyone expecting a feel-good gawk at the tranquillity of ocean life above and below the waves is going to be in for a mighty shock (and will also lose interest quickly here).

However, those willing to answer watery wake-up calls about the persistent overfishing, polluting and unintentional reconfiguring of our oceans will appreciate the urgency of the overall message.

Director Karina Holden has erred slightly in sharing narration/guide duties across too wide an array of scientists, activists and environmental crusaders.

A scene from the movie Blue.
A scene from the movie Blue. Supplied



Not all have the presence required for a film of such thematic importance. Some also get a bit too preachy with their generalised commentary when a few more hard facts would have come in handy.

However, when Holden chooses to let the pictures do the talking, the gravity of the ever-worsening situations in our seas hits home with unmistakeable and lasting impact.
 

Blue

Stars: Valerie Taylor, Madison Stewart, Lucas Handley, Tim Silverwood, Mark Dia, Phillip Mango.

Director: Karina Holden

Rating: PG

Verdict: 3 stars
 

Topics:  climate change documentary karina holden madison stewart movies ocean conservation

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