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Sea of Shadows (2019)

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Critic Consensus: An environmental advocacy documentary with the suspense of a thriller, Sea of Shadows exposes lawlessness on the high seas -- and promotes efforts to thwart it.

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A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in SEA OF SHADOWS, a riveting new documentary with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller from National Geographic Documentary Films and winner of the Sundance audience award. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.

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[M]ostly this is swooping cameras, rousing soundtrack score, and the fist pump of pleasure.

September 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is heartfelt, but its periodic attempts at thriller-style bouts of excitement are redundant, and I wondered sometimes if the film-makers were sure what exactly their story was.

September 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This murky, compelling tale exists at the crossroads of corruption and idealism.

September 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An engrossing portrait of mankind's encroaching, self-inflicted demise, with moneyed interests leading us, like the pied piper, off the cliff and into the sea.

July 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The plot twists are so spot on that a screenwriter might have rejected them.

July 11, 2019 | Full Review…

While success is not guaranteed, "Sea of Shadows" dramatically demonstrates how and why the battle continues to be fought.

July 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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