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Plot: In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Runtime: 107 mins Release Date: 02 Feb 2012
Great Family Film with Strong Environmental Message (by rannynm)
Nine-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthony Aranda loved this film. Watch his video review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v yrCf8veaoyU or read below what he had to say: "This is one of the best movies I have ever seen that is based on a true story. This movie is really awesome because there were so many people that came together to save three whales. It was really heart-breaking because a lot of people put their own lives in danger to save the lives of the whales. This movie is all about Adam and Nathan who are out and see three whales that are trapped under the ice and can't find <more>
their way to the ocean. There is a small hole that the whales keep using to breathe so first they try digging that whole to make it bigger. Adam's friend Rachel comes to help save the whales and do everything she can. She asks the governor for help but he says no so she tells the news about what he said. The governor then decides to help. They have to work fast because the hole keeps freezing and getting smaller and the ice leading to the ocean keeps freezing over making the distance even longer. Some of the main characters in the movie are Adam, Rachel, and Nathan. My favorite character is Nathan because he is such a funny character at first and then he really starts to care about the whales. He also starts to spend a lot of time with his grandfather because his grandfather likes to spend a lot of time around the ocean and helps animals in need. My favorite part in the movie is when everyone started to dig the holes to help the whales breathe and get back to the ocean. I really like this part because it really shows how everyone cares about saving the whales and how much people love the whales. A part that was really funny was when the Governor had to help save the whales because Rachel told the news that he wouldn't help. It was funny to see him shaking the hand of a guy dressed up as a whale. I would recommend this movie for all ages because it is a really good movie. There are not any violent parts in this movie. This movie is a really great family movie. Go out and see this movie in theaters on February 3rd." Review by Anthony Aranda, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
this is a great movie this is a movie that you just have to see this is the best True Story ever you will laugh and you might even cry a little bit because it is kind of sad but not that bad you will stand up and cheer that is how good Big Miracle is it is a feel good movie it is a movie for the whole family to enjoy oh and this movie is much better than Shrek Shrek 2 Shrek the third and Shrek forever after those movies are good but not as good as this amazing movie it is outstanding it is a miracle of a movie it is a knockout it is kind of a cute movie it is a movie that you will say lets <more>
watch that again it is a great movie but get your tickets before it gets sold out it is a perfect family movie it is one of the best PG movie i have ever seen it is a movie later on in the year that everyone will be talking about oh it s probably for kids ages 10 and up because when i went to see it it looked like there was 5 year old and 6 years old there and not sating still have a great day it is heart warming
I have no hesitation in giving this movie a 10 rating and if I could give it more I would.Drew Barrymore has come a very long way since her fresh faced appearance at age seven in ET and as far as I am concerned it is down to Drew herself. She has had many problems in her past and she has overcome them all for which I applaud her without hesitation.In fact the Barrymore family has had a great deal of trauma over the years but still they keep producing truly great people for the movie world.SPOILER BEGINS Big Miracle is a strange little story based on fact about three California Grey Whales who <more>
were trapped under the ice in a town called Barrow in Alaska.The Inuit Eskimos kill whales, not for fun or profit, but in order to live but this little town worked tirelessly to make sure that a small piece of ice was kept from freezing over in order for the whales to be able to come up for air.When Greenpeace discovered what was happening Rachel Kramer Barrymore the Greenpeace campaigner for whales in Alaska tried to get the US Government to launch a rescue to save the whales. The actual name of the campaigner is Cindy Lowry.The three whales were mother, father and son. They were named Fred, Wilma and Bam Bam in the movie but two of them were actually called Crossbeak and Bonnet.In the film sadly the baby died, which I believe actually happened.I won't tell you what happened to the two remaining whales, you will have to watch the movie.The incident showed the cooperation that can be achieved between unfriendly nations because the Russians had an icebreaker in the area and offered to break the ice in order to make a pathway for the whales to escape to open water. Eventually Reagan, the President at that time agreed.One of the most poignant things for me was when the Russian Icebreaker arrived it raised not only the Russian flag but the US flag too. This did actually happen.What is so ironic is that the Russians were one of the worst nations for whaling at that time but it was they who offered their assistance in order to free the animals they once hunted down mercilessly.SPOILER ENDS.There were several lesser know actors in the cast but each and everyone played their part superbly.Drew Barrymore Kramer and John Krasinski Adam were ideal choices for their respective roles.The writing and direction was flawless in my opinion.I don't know if this movie is going to be put up for any awards but I certainly hope so and I hope it wins at least a few.I will never understand the human race. With all the hate, greed and uncaring there is in this world the whole world was praying for the survival of these not so little creatures and the US Government spent over five million dollars in order to try to save them.There must be hope for humanity yet.
Well Executed Story For Both Adults and Kids (by slitherk)
Yes, there were simplistic clichés, but for a PG-rated movie and the confines therein, Big Miracle is about as good as it can get. The Inupiat people, the reporters, the extraction industry - all sides were treated with a degree of nuance. The take-away message was really important too - that you can accomplish things with people you don't agree with or even like. And we really enjoyed the efforts made to set the film properly in its late 80s period.I disagree with the other reviews that found the special effects lacking. I don't think they detracted from the story, which in the end <more>
In the late 80's, in the Alaska wilderness, three whales are trapped in foaming ice, they must be get free or they'll die. This becomes big news, every news person from country to country is covering it. Politicians star getting involved, so does the coast guard. But time is running out for the whales, will they get free, or will it be too late?John Krasinski is good, playing his typical likable, smart Alec self. Drew Barrymore is also good playing a strong female role, who is very determined to save the whales at any cost. Ted Danson and Dermot Mulroney are also in there supporting <more>
roles. The whales are also quite memorable. This is a movie for everybody to enjoy.
Bravo for creating a refreshingly clean family movie! It's encouraging and rare these days to have an opportunity to view a film the whole family can enjoy. Big Miracle is a wholesome, educational and entertaining movie that I happily recommend to anyone struggling like we often to to find a movie suitable for the under 15 crowd, that adults will also enjoy.Big Miracle is loosely based on a true story and utilizes TV news clips from the Reagan era that we felt made the film very realistic. Ancient traditions, multi-generational challenges, morality, ethics, friendship, love and social <more>
responsibility are weaved into a story set in beautiful Alaska that made us laugh, cry and cheer along with the characters - it was a fun adventure into a world we didn't know much about.
Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter and an animal-loving volunteer who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. -- C UniversalYes, the trailer may be overly-sappy and eye-rolling, and the film may seem to push animal rights to the extreme, but you know what? I enjoyed BIG MIRACLE a lot more than I expected, and I had not been this emotionally engaged in a film in a couple <more>
of weeks. Fortunately, BIG MIRACLE doesn't take a political stance as the trailer might suggest. It merely tells the story of the true event that took place in Alaska in 1988. I wasn't born at that time, so I didn't know what to expect while watching the film, but I was very interested to see how the event unfolded like it did back then when it happened.There are characters that range from the environmental activist to those who don't care anything about the environment, and the film has a lot of fun poking fun at both sides of the spectrum. It's also not afraid to show that those who want to help save the whales just do so because "it's the right thing to do." Many of the characters do it for their political gain, to get up the ladder, to make money, to fix their reputation, to gain respect, etc. which I thought was really interesting. However, what these characters do have in common is that they all love whales. I mean, come on. Who doesn't love whales?! I also found it refreshing that the native Inupiat people are in the film. They are shown nowhere in the trailer, but they play a major part in the film from the opening to the closing shot.The cast is vast, but the main actors are John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore. They both do a great job in their roles, and I especially love Barrymore lighting up the screen with her presence. Ted Danson is pretty hilarious as the enemy of Barrymore's character who both reluctantly have to work together to save the whales. Other notable actors in the ensemble cast include Vinessa Shaw, Kristen Bell, and Dermot Mulroney, although everyone is good. Other notable things in the film are the incredible production values. The whales look very convincing and realistic, but I have to admit I'd be gullible enough to believe real whales were used in the film. However, a quick look-up of the film's production can address this question, but I'm too lazy to do that now. The sweeping shots of Alaska are gorgeous as well.Finally, I'd like to mention the terrific pacing because the film could have easily been boring and uninteresting after the setup of the trapped whales, but it manages to be interesting through the very end. Overall, BIG MIRACLE is a really good film, and it's exactly what you expect it to be, although I'd be hard-pressed to see if it didn't win the heart of every viewer who sees it. With its moments of sentimentality, it's also surprisingly hilarious as well. I really recommend the film to those who are interested in seeing it.
Okay, The Big Miracle is not an epic or a grand movie. What it is, is a totally enjoyable feature with a good and simple story with no unusual surprises that people can relate to. It is good to see the Hollywood factory machine put out a movie like this. Much credit has to be given to Drew Barrymore sort of a mogul herself these days .Ken Kwapis does a really good job in telling this story without relying on massive special effects. He also works very well with his actors. He was given a good script from Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, both of whom also resisted going for any kind of cheap <more>
humor.Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski have a nice chemistry together as they deliver fine performances.This movie was, I am told, inspired by a true story about a small town reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who are joined by rival superpowers to save a family of gray whales that are trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle. The story, the visuals and the very fact that whales are a main character in this movie, all tug at the heart strings.
It's amazing how much good can be accomplished when a group of largely self-interested people whose primary interest is self-promotion come together for a common cause. In a way, that's really the "big miracle" of this movie. The story revolves around a family of grey whales who are trapped by thick ice in Alaska and have no way to get to the open ocean. With temperatures plummeting, the only breathing hole they have is rapidly freezing over and the whales are in danger of drowning. When a local reporter makes the situation known to the outside world, saving the whales <more>
becomes a cause celebre, and brings together a very diverse group of people.Into the mix steps a Greenpeace organizer Drew Barrymore - undoubtedly committed to the whales, but also aware that the issue will get a lot of good publicity for the organization, an oil executive Ted Danson who wants permission to drill in a wildlife reserve and figures that saving the whales will get him a lot of good publicity, the native community of Barrow, Alaska, who would really prefer to kill the whales for food, various townsfolk who use the situation to their advantage and make lots of money with ridiculously jacked up prices as outsiders fill the town, politicians including the Governor of Alaska and President Reagan who know there's votes in the issue, various reporters who know there's ratings in the issue, a couple of guys from Minnesota who seize the opportunity to make their new de-icing machine known and even a Soviet ice breaker called in to help who take the opportunity to soften American attitudes toward their country.The whales nicknamed Fred, Wilma and Bam-Bam become the backdrop for the story of uneasy co-operation taking place around them, but they are the real lure for the viewer, even if the most interesting part of the movie is the strange alliances being formed. There's no doubt that the viewer gets drawn into the whales' plight and you root for them all the way through.This is based on a true story that occurred in 1988. Like most "based on a true story" movies, this one takes license with the actual events. The ending of the movie is happier than what happened in real life, which is actually a mystery, as no one knows whether the two adult whales escaped after the baby died. What I really appreciated about this was that it was a marvellous family movie - enough "meat" to keep adults interested all the way through, and an animal story that will appeal to the kids and really very little anywhere that you wouldn't want your kids to watch. I thought it was very well done, and deserving of a much higher rating than it currently has, which is 5.9. 8/10