Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Fin’ review: Eli Roth wants to save the shark

Eli Roth really loves sharks. This is the latest information available in his first feature documentary, “Fin”, a screed against shark fishing that mainly borrows most of its statistics and images from other locations and with footage of Roth being upset. fills in the gap.

There is little here that was not already dealt with in Rob Stewart’s 2007 documentary “Sharkwater” nor, more recently, in the less artistic “Sespiracy”. While Stewart painstakingly explained the beauty, intelligence, and importance of sharks, Roth would like us to love these animals just because they do. This presents a challenge for anyone prone to find Roth, the director of exploitative horror films like “Hostel” and “The Green Inferno,” uncompromising.

The fishing practices depicted in “Fin” are harming our oceans, to be sure, but Roth seems to be more comfortable painting East Asians eating shark fin soup than explaining marine biology. . (He spends a good half of this documentary in the former, and very little in the latter.) In one scene, when he sits down to try the delicacy, he compares it to his film. , what’s going to do with the cannibals. Horror film “The Green Inferno”, in which a cartoonish Amazonian tribesman butchers a group of American college students.

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Roth stands up to the angry onlooker for the duration of “Fin”, his outrage evident as he repeatedly condemns shark fishing he sees as insane and pointless. Roth enlists a shark to club the worst thing he’s ever seen. He vigorously fights for the maternal rights of a fallen pregnant shark. He condemns women who wear cosmetics, which can be made from shark liver oil. These words—coming from a director who helped coin “torture porn”, and whose narrative works relentlessly and defiantly, comparing makeup-baked bombs to animals—seem at best.

At the margins of this film are passionate, knowledgeable experts: ecologists, activists and divers. Why Roth had to be its focal point is anyone’s guess.

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not evaluated. Running time: 1 hour 28 minutes. Watch on Discovery+.

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