Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and Oceans boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind, taking an unprecedented look at the lives of elusive deepwater creatures through their own eyes and the harsh reality in which they live.
While there are as many oceanic documentaries as stars in the sky – or fish in the sea – Oceans’ incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark, and race with dolphins at play. Viewers are plunged into abyssal underwater kingdoms to spy sea life engaged in the daily business of being. In all, the film explores five oceans, was shot in 50 different locations, and took over four years to film.
While there are as many oceanic documentaries as stars in the sky, or perhaps fish in the sea, efilmcritic.com writer Brian Orndorf believes that the footage here hits all the mystery and miracles of the ocean. The film’s power is in allowing the graceful movement of whales, dolphins, sea lions, and various fish buffets (oh, those poor sardines) to do most of the talking. Viewers are further pulled into the experience by contemplative narration provided by environmentalist Pierce Brosnan.
Oceans’ real significance is one of environmental responsibility, with focus moving over to manmade pollution and how catastrophe is imminent if habits don’t change. The film poses a challenge, putting the burden of change on the viewer, not just passing it off to humankind in general.