Though I found this story fairly predictable, what I really liked was how long it had me thinking afterwards about the nature of relationships and how we interact with programmed systems. There's no doubt that AI is advancing at a rate that will inevitably see human-like interaction within my lifetime, and this will raise a whole bag of issues when it comes to our attachment and feelings regarding these systems (or the physical entities they inhabit).
Anyway, a lovely little film with some interesting styling, high-waisted fashion, and far too much awful moustache.
There's an obvious agenda to this film, and the bias is only accentuated by Seaworld declining to participate or be interviewed, but regardless of the lack of rebuttal this is still a damning film and makes it very hard to argue that keeping these amazingly intelligent creatures in captivity was ever a good idea (for their own health, or for the safety of the trainers).
+1 to my respect for Orcas.
A beautifully crafted film, with consideration in every shot and a kick-ass soundtrack. Winding Refn certainly earned his Best Director award at Cannes this year, helped greatly by the outstanding performances of Gosling and Mulligan. I'll definitely need to see this again, and while I'm not much a fan of ultra-violence I couldn't imagine it working any other way in this film.