Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and an alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.
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At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »
Dr Jake Terrell, who has been training a pair of dolphins for many years, has had a breakthrough. He has taught his dolphins to speak and understand English, although they do have a limited vocabulary. When the dolphins are stolen, he discovers they're to be used in an assassination attempt. Now he is in a race to discover who is the target, and where the dolphins are, before the attempt is carried out.Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
Aside from the idea of using talking dolphins to kill the president, this is a well done and sensitive movie. The idea of a 70Õs movie about dolphins killing the president appealed to me in a cheesy=good sort of way. The subplot about the assassination was indeed humorous, but was not the point of the movie and is only a device to bring out the human dolphin relationships. The real focus of the film is on the relationships between the dolphins, each other, and the trainers.
The major problem that I had with this movie was rather arbitrary. The dolphins sound a bit like Furbies, which gives the sensitive moments a slight tinge of absurdity. And of course there was the presidential assassination plot. Given the low budget the president was an ambitious target-to well protected. Oh well pretend that they are trying to kill some independently wealthy minor drug lord or senator or someone and it makes sense.
In showing human-dolphin relationships and a theme of innocence this movie is almost perfect. It backs off at the right times to keep from being to mushy (ex. Pa doesnÕt jump in the water and hug the dolphins at the end) At the same time the relationship is very sensitive and nonwithdrawn. The whiting out bit at the end is the sort of mushy device that usually annoys me, but in this case it didnÕt. This film balances between showing genuine caring and going to far to a comical degree.
My advice is to see this if you like animals, even if you are the sort of person who doesnÕt like cute animal movies. This is an extremely well done sensitive film about trust.
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