Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ryan Watches a Motion Picture #18: The End of the Line (2009)

Concerned about the sea? Concerned about sea life? It would be useful if you were, because by 2048 the world's oceans could be barren. Yippee skippy!

The End of the Line is a documentary based on the book of the same name, written by UK journalist Charles Clover, which highlights the reasons why our fish stocks are plummeting - overfishing, bottom-trawling, and a lack of substantial national reservations. Essentially, countries are doing little to regulate their fishing industries, and the industry's practice is, well, as you'd see in the film, horrific. The film takes you into the great cod crash in Newfoundland, to the tuna traps of the Mediterranean, and to Japan's Mitsubishi corporation, which is buying up the dwindling blue fin tuna catch so that they can freeze it, store it away, wait for the species to go extinct, and name their price.

The documentary should have presented viewers with a much more concrete outline of strategies and resources so that consumers can do what they can. But what is there is something, and should point one in the right direction. More information can be found at the film's website.

So: Check it out! Do you what you can! You'll be filled with a righteous anger that can only be described with a rrrraAAAAAAARRRRRRGEHJGLklshkajbhJK.HK.hd&isy78EBD!!


  1. Good write-up, looks like a movie I'd be interested in. If you liked that one, check out Shark Water by Canadian film maker Rob Stewart. Another oceanic documentary about the infuriating practices of illegally fishing sharks for no more than their fins.