At the Edge of the World follows a group of environmental activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society who take to the oceans off Antarctica and literally save the whales.
Every year Japanese whaling ships cruise around Southern Ocean, killing hundreds of whales in the name of "scientific research" (in reality, most of the meat and blubber ends up on the market). The Sea Shepherd has two ships that make it their mission to disrupt and harass the Japanese whalers using what some might call extreme measures — bumping ship to ship (and these are big boats, hundreds of feet long), shooting tear gas and smoke bombs, and tangling their propellers with long ropes.
It's extreme, to say the least.
But at the same time, they've saved hundreds of whales from painful, bloody deaths.
What do you think? Do the ends justify the means when it comes to whaling?
Either way, the movie looks amazing, it's playing at Cinema Village in New York City right now, and more shows and a DVD release are planned. You can read more about the movie and the people behind it over at Ecorazzi.
Source: Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
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