Eli Roth really, really loves sharks. This is the most recent information available in his first feature documentary, “End,” a screed against shark fishing that borrows its most infuriating stats and footage mostly from other places and fills in the gaps with footage from Roth. upset.
There’s little here that hasn’t already been covered in Rob Stewart’s 2007 documentary “Sharkwater”, nor in the more recent and less astute “Seaspiracy”. Although where Stewart has thoroughly explained the beauty, intelligence, and importance of sharks, Roth would rather we love these animals just because he loves them. This presents a challenge to anyone inclined to find Roth, the director of exploitative horror films like “Hostel” and “The Green Inferno,” unsympathetic.
The fishing practices shown in “End” harm our oceans, of course, but Roth seems more comfortable painting East Asians as savages for eating shark fin soup than he is. the fact to explain marine biology. (He spends a good half of this documentary doing the first, and very little time on the second.) In one scene, as he sits down to try the delicacy, he compares what he’s about to do. do with his own film, the cannibalistic horror film “The Green Inferno”, in which a cartoonish Amazonian tribe massacres a group of American students.
Roth replaces the outraged viewer for the duration of “End”, his outrage apparent as he repeatedly condemns the shark fishing he witnesses as mad and unnecessary. Roth calls out a club shark the worst thing he’s ever seen. He passionately defends the maternal rights of a slaughtered pregnant shark. He slyly condemns women who wear cosmetics, which can be made with shark liver oil. Those words – coming from a director who helped invent “torture porn” and whose work of fiction consistently and degradingly compares make-up bombs to animals – seem misleading at best.
There are passionate and knowledgeable experts on the fringes of this film: environmentalists, activists, and divers. Why Roth had to be his focal point is a puzzle.
Unclassified. Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes. Watch on Discovery +.