In my time at college, I have obviously kept very liberal company as friends. In having such company, I have both heard and seen many different environmental problems either first-hand or through use of the popular filmic genre of documentary. Although I thought I had seen everything when it comes to disturbing imagery associated with environmental issues, the Australian documentary Blue showed me up close some of the most stomach-churning and emotionally effective imagery I have ever seen in an “eco-documentary.” As well, although the film comes in at a short eighty minute runtime, Blue hardly even needs that short amount of screen time to permanently affect the way you will forever view the ocean, as well as our impact on it.
The film follows a number of different environmental activists focusing on oceanic problems caused by humans. It is clear that all of the people focused on are heavily inspired in their work, as well as extremely passionate. I was particularly moved by the sections focusing on sharks and seabirds, as they were the sections of the film which contained the most affecting imagery concerning the marine life that the activists were campaigning for. This emotional depth is also splendidly propelled even further by the excellent cinematography, which contains perhaps the most beautiful depictions of marine life ever captured on film. I was continuously in awe of the shots captured by the documentarians, as they at once captured both the emotional despair that one feels when confronted with these issues, as well as the immense majesty that is still contained within our oceans.
Blue also presents the audience with staggering and saddening statistics concerning the impact we as humans have had on the Earth’s most abundant environment. This is fairly typical of documentaries of this type, yet I began to become more surprised as the film went on by some of the things I had never heard before, including statistics concerning discarded commercial fishing nets. At a point when we are living in an age where “green” policy is being more seriously considered, and statistics concerning oceanic pollution are becoming common knowledge, I was frankly surprised that this film, well, surprised me with what it had to say. Check out Blue whenever you can, even if you are an avid environmental activist who thinks they have seen everything, this film will deeply affect you on an emotional level, as well as make you want to do more considering your own impact on the environment of marine life.