by Leigh Paatsch
THE eco-motivational Australian documentary Blue is sounding the alarm on behalf of the world's oceans, which have just about had their fill of the many mistreatments of mankind.
While beautifully shot and edited, the film trades in some ugly inconvenient truths about the sustained abuse of the marine kingdom.
So anyone expecting a feel-good gawk at the tranquillity of ocean life above and below the waves is going to be in for a mighty shock (and will also lose interest quickly here).
However, those willing to answer watery wake-up calls about the persistent overfishing, polluting and unintentional reconfiguring of our oceans will appreciate the urgency of the overall message.
Director Karina Holden has erred slightly in sharing narration/guide duties across too wide an array of scientists, activists and environmental crusaders.
Not all have the presence required for a film of such thematic importance. Some also get a bit too preachy with their generalised commentary when a few more hard facts would have come in handy.
However, when Holden chooses to let the pictures do the talking, the gravity of the ever-worsening situations in our seas hits home with unmistakeable and lasting impact.
Stars: Valerie Taylor, Madison Stewart, Lucas Handley, Tim Silverwood, Mark Dia, Phillip Mango.
Director: Karina Holden
Verdict: 3 stars