Genre Guesstimation – Orca (1977)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Barry of Cinematic Catharsis and we will be reviewing our favorite Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

Mother Nature usually takes care of us, with all the oxygen we can breathe, water we drink and cute bunnies we can pet, but what happens when she gets angry? Watch her unleash floods, earthquakes, volcanoes and animals gone mad.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to berserkbarry@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Barry!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Nature Gone Berserk Movies.

“It is known that they have great memory and even after many years they will always remember the human being who has tried to harm them.” – Umilak

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After his mate is killed by hunters, a killer whale seeks revenge on those responsible.

My Take on it – This is a film that  heard about a few years back when I first saw Blackfish (2013).

The premsie sounded a bit far fetched, but since it fit in with this genre, I decided to still give it a try.

The movie is a really poor Jaws carbon copy that makes so little sense with what it tries to do here.

Richard Harris is fine in the lead and feels a bit too much like a crazy Ahab kind of character who just isn;t developed well enough for us to care about him.

The Orcas are beautiful creatures to look at and they have some nice footage of the real animals, but the way that they use special effects  and animatronics for the animal’s movements is quite lacking and fails to help make the story even more impactful.

The premise of this movie is extremely silly and fails to find a way to feel grounded in order to make us belive that things like this could conceivably happen.

Bottom Line – Really poor Jaws imitation that has no heart. Harris is fine as the Ahab type of character but he isn’t developed at all which makes us not care about what will happen to him. The footage of the Orcas is done well, but overall, the special effects don’t work well enough to make the story more impactful.  The premise is completely silly especially given the fact that it all seems too crazy and far fetched.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The main orcas used for filming were trained animals from Marineland of the Pacific and Marine World Africa (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom), though artificial whales of rubber were used also. These models were so lifelike, animal rights activists blocked trucks delivering the animatronic whales to the set, thinking real whales were in them. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all.  This is a really poor attempt at a Jaws carbon copy and doesn’t work at all.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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