A gripe I had regarding this theater is that it's the same cost as a regular movie theater. It's $10 a ticket. I was expecting half price since it's not as nice as a regular theater and because it's a non-profit organization. Not to mention that Blackfish has been out since March so it's not exactly "new". We arrived 15-20 minutes before the movie and that was definitely a good idea. If you happen to be going to a movie at the Loft give yourself plenty of time, otherwise you won't get a seat next to your friend/partner.
|Outside the building showing Blackfish|
|So maybe there are multiple theaters.|
The review of Blackfish:
This movie was most definitely worth seeing. It's eye-opening in the same way that The Cove was. I was surprised by the depth and how emotional I felt after watching it. The Cove hit me hard too so I guess this wasn't all too surprising given my empathy for dolphins and their amazing intelligence.
The documentary focuses on Tilikum, a 12,000 pound killer whale that has been in captivity since he was two years old. Since then Tilikum has been held responsible for three human deaths (one is a hazy mystery). I really appreciated the fact the the filmmaker got footage of Tilikum's capture and interviewed those that were involved. Tilikum's life was painted extremely well and detailed his psychosis into a hard sad life.
This film is both disturbing and powerful. I was shocked at the graphic scenes showing several whale trainer's injuries, close encounters with death, and in some cases their final moments before suffering a brutal end.
It was no surprise but SeaWorld did not offer any interviews for this film. Here's hoping they close permanently before anyone (whales included) gets hurt.
|Tilikum. Notice his collapsed dorsal fin. Whales don't have these in the wild.|