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New Movie Review

"Big Miracle"

Adaptation, Drama, Family. Rated PG. 1 hour, 47 minutes.

Photo by Universal Pictures

Drew Barrymore on the set of Universal Pictures' Big Miracle - 2012

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

 

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This movie is about three gray whales who get trapped under the rapidly forming ice in Point Barrow, Alaska. Big Miracle is inspired by the true story of the 1988 Operation Breakthrough international effort. I thought there were two stories going on in this movie – the first is that of the whales and the second is that of the small-town news reporter.

John Krasinski stars as Adam Carlson, the TV reporter in small town Alaska. Drew Barrymore stars as Rachel Kramer, a Greenpeace advocate. Other stars include Detroit’s own Kristen Bell, who played Jill Jerard, a reporter from KABC-TV in Los Angeles and CSI's Ted Danson as J.W. McGraw, the owner of a large oil company in Alaska.

Once Carlson filed his report, it caught the attention of NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and then KABC-TV decided to send Jerard. That eventually caught the attention of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

The entire small town community of Port Barrow joined in on the rescue effort. Hotel rooms were entirely booked. People came from all over to see the three whales and help in any way they possibly could. Two entrepreneurs from Minnesota flew in to see if their de-icing machines could keep the hole open.

There was one problem – there was no electricity to be found in the middle of the ocean. Kramer had the idea to borrow a generator, start it up. Then, they placed the running generator on a helicopter and flew it to the location of the whales. The pilot said “turn it off, the carbon monoxide will kill us.” Kramer said the generator had to be on so they flew to the location with the helicopter’s doors open so all of them could survive.

Carlson got emotionally attached to Kramer and Jerard. He operated the video camera for one of Jerard’s reports. KABC-TV loved it so much they offered him a job in Los Angeles.

Not only was the story about saving the whales, but it was about Carlson’s career advancement from a small market TV station to a large market TV station.

Ken Kwapis directed the movie. It was based on the book called "Freeing the Whales" by Tom Rose. The filming actually took place in Anchorage, Alaska and ran for 10 weeks. It is rated PG for language.

It is obvious based on the film’s title that the whales get saved. However, who saves them and how they are saved is what I will let you figure out when you see the movie for yourself. Let’s just say it wasn’t who I expected to come in and be the hero.

I really enjoyed the movie. It was inspiring to see Krasinski move up the ranks with his journalism career. I am hoping to do the same in my life.

OVERALL RATING: A

 

 

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Big Miracle movie poster

 

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