Whilst the book depicts a captive orca attack leading to the loss of both the trainer's legs, the film is a little unclear as to how the tragedy occurs: "A shift of perspective at the crucial moment means we never really get to see what happened – did one of her whale charges sink its teeth into her?" Lee Marshall writes for Screen Daily.
Greenpeace supporter and freedom advocate Marion Cotillard (who has starred in hit movies such as 'Inception' and 'The Dark Knight Rises') sparked off a controversial debate on orca captivity with her decision to work at Marineland of Antibes in France with the five captive orca held at the facility.
Investigative journalist David Kirby reports an incident of aggression that occurred during Cotillard's time working with the killer whales, during which the actress recalls: “One of the whales kind of went mad at me. She screamed at me with her jaws wide open.”
It is important to note that whilst there have been numerous displays of aggression in captivity from captive orca toward humans, in many cases leading to injury or worse, there has not been a single incident in the wild.
Cotillard goes on to say that she has always had a "repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity" and that she had to "work through [her] rejection of this world, which [she] still feels".
Real orca were used to perform during the making of this film and a lot of money was paid to Marineland of Antibes for this to be possible. It is important to be aware that by paying money to see this movie, the orca captive display industry is inadvertently being funded and supported.
BDMLR: Orca Aware does not agree that orca or any other cetacean should be kept in captivity. The Orca Aware campaign will further explore resources which investigate the effects of captivity on orca at a later date.
Other links -
Screen Daily Review: http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/the-latest/rust-and-bone/5042061.article
Article by 'Death at SeaWorld' author David Kirby:http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/the-latest/rust-and-bone/5042061.article