Drama, Family. Rated PG. 1 hour, 47 minutes.
by Universal Pictures
Barrymore on the set of Universal Pictures' Big Miracle
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
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.
credit: Universal Pictures
Miracle movie poster