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Family Movie Review: Mission Blue (NR)

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MPAA Rating: NR       Length: 94 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. The documentary is about scientist and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, internationally regarded for her activism and knowledge. The discussion of her life would be interesting for any children interested in science, specifically girls, especially because of how she has battled sexism in the scientific community throughout the years. What might be overwhelming for younger viewers, though, is the footage of barbaric fishing practices, like fisherman cutting the fins off sharks and throwing them back into the ocean and the butchering of other kinds of marine life; those scenes are bloody and graphic.  

Documentary ‘Mission Blue’ examines the career of internationally renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle, advocate for the world’s marine life. Although the film only seems to scratch the surface of her life, Earle is so fascinating that you can’t help but be engrossed.  

By Roxana Hadadi

Summer is certainly the best time for the release of documentary “Mission Blue,” about leading oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who has devoted the majority of her nearly 80 years alive to studying and saving the world’s oceans. After everyone has returned from a trip to the beach, after days spent frolicking in the water, “Mission Blue” is a slap-in-the-face wakeup call not only about the dire state of our oceans, but also about the utter nonchalance of our society. I was shocked and embarrassed that I had never heard of Earle before, but by the end of “Mission Blue,” I wasn’t surprised. The destruction of our oceans isn’t a story getting mainstream attention, so Earle isn’t, either—but both should.

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