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Long Gone Wild (2019)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 1 February 2019 (USA)
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Despite key concessions by SeaWorld, its orcas are still performing every day, and in Eastern Russia the magnificent killer whale is hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park ... See full summary »

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Bill Neal

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Richard O'Barry ... Self
Naomi Rose Naomi Rose ... Self
Charles Vinick Charles Vinick ... Self
Lori Marino Lori Marino ... Self
Steven M. Wise ... Self
Ingrid Visser Ingrid Visser ... Self
Jeffrey Ventre Jeffrey Ventre ... Self
Carol Ray Carol Ray ... Self
Rachel Carbary Rachel Carbary ... Self
Jeffrey Foster Jeffrey Foster ... Self
Richard Bloom Richard Bloom ... Self - California State Assemblyman
Jared Moskowitz Jared Moskowitz ... Self - Florida State House of Representatives
David Kirby David Kirby ... Self
David Neiwert David Neiwert ... Self
Carly Ferguson Carly Ferguson ... Self (as Carly Furguson)
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Despite key concessions by SeaWorld, its orcas are still performing every day, and in Eastern Russia the magnificent killer whale is hunted for sale into the exploding marine theme park industry in China. Witness an in depth look at the case against captivity, The Whale Sanctuary Project, and covert missions on the high seas and in search of nine orcas held captive at a secret Chinese location.

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Can't have taken more than a few hours to stick together.
11 January 2020 | by charlyparlySee all my reviews

Hadn't heard of this until the last couple of days when Netflix recommended it way down the list of recommendations and wondered why given I'm an active supporter of Dolphin Project, Orca Research, Whale Sanctuary etc

.Realised within the first fifteen minutes why this managed to slip through the net (no pun intended but left anyway) when it just raked up and went over old ground focusing on SeaWorld, reinterviewing some of the people that featured in Blackfish and them saying almost exactly the same things almost word for word. That's not to say their take and insight isn't relevant or worthy of the world hearing but it's been heard already and this documentary claimed to focus on the events since Blackfish in particular ongoing captures in Russia and China. It barely skims the surface with a few minutes of footage inside an unnamed Chinese marine park, a few minutes of footage from Russian boats during a capture effort and that's it

A brief summary to pickup where Blackfish left off would have sufficed but should have then moved its audience on to a more pressing, urgent and current issue being ongoing captures and trading between Russia and China all of which has taken place entirely from under world's attention as everyone seemed so hell bent on screaming out SeaWorld which despite all their many and incredulous faults have at least not been involved in wild captures for decades.

There are some reliably solid experts interviewed such as the brilliant Naomi Rose, RIc O'Barry and familiar faces from Blackfish namely the Jeff Ventre and Carol Ray. Trouble is the stories and accounts are as familiar with Carol talking about Kalina's separation, Lori speaking of how the orca brain was put through an MRI the results of which astounded them and more explanation of how being inside empty concrete tanks is a form of sensory deprivation and causing these animals to go stir crazy.

Footage is in large parts old / from the original capture or lifted from other existing sources i,e National Geographic / PBS and towards the end where they finally mention how plans for sanctuaries could be the simplest solution that would benefit all, there's not even any reference or mention of existing plans and designs already drawn up which are brilliant. Instead they interview people on boats with "NOT ACTUAL SITE" so there's literally no point in showing them on that stretch of water.What a horribly missed opportunity and disgracefully lazy attempt to pretend it is worthy of or the next best thing since Blackfish.

The narrative darts from one place to another and was so fragmented, amateurish and hard to take seriously I stopped the movie less than 20 mins in to find out who made it and the writer / director was someone I had never heard of before. A quick Google uncovered previous work such as "E! Hollywood True Stories!" and thousands of pennies dropped all at once.

This isn't so much a follow up to Blackfish but more a dreadful, lazy effort and whatever your thoughts on captivity or personal like / dislike for this overall, be under no illusion that it is the much awaited followup and biggest thing since Blackfish.

It's a Sunday afternoon documentary on PBS at best.


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