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BMZ Review: Whales
By Ross Anthony


Giants of the Ocean
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: January 2003


Category: Reviews

Patrick Stewart narrates from a somewhat poetic script, to often times poetic visuals, "With a heart as big as a small cow, arteries big enough for a child to crawl through and a voice that can be heard for at least 1000 miles, the blue whale is still elusive."

Music in the same stream as Enya flows into the theater as a great whale sleeps head down, tail up out of the water -- motionless, but awesome. A diver swims along side the blubbery mammals, fish-eye lens to fish eye.

Then a wonderful sprinkling of dolphins grace the ocean surface as the crew's sailboat breaks the waves. A camera high atop the mast captures an overhead shot of dolphins swimming directly alongside the bow. Beautiful. Humpbacks sing their songs of solitude, then this is nicely contrasted with a shot of the steel bow coming directly for us and the pipe of the ships horn.

Another gorgeous image fills the screen:  the mirror-calm, ice-speckled waters of Alaska, the crew's sailboat resting quietly amidst splendid white-topped mountains.

And then there is the amazing footage of whales in their bubble-netted feeding circles. An intelligent, team effort that yields good eating for all involved (except the eaten). Btw, I suppose an argument could be made that the whales are using bubbles as a tool -- like chimps in Africa fishing for ants with twigs.

And then, well, the reel just ends. No warm wind up, or climax. Just credits. Still, WHALES provides a hearty host of aerial "Imaxy moments" and cozy whale images.


Narated by Patrick Stewart.
Directed by Al Giddings & David Clark
Produced by Christopher Palmer & David Clark, 1996.

Copyright (C) 2003. 
Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  For more reviews visit:

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