by Sheryl Wall
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Big Miracle is inspired by a true story about a family of Grey whales that are trapped in the Arctic Circle in Alaska. A small time newsman Adam Carlson played by John Krasinski, who was Jim in the popular TV series The Office, has been in Alaska for four years. He is ready to move on but then he discovers the family of Grey whales that are trapped in the ice. Once his story hits the news everyone starts coming to Alaska to help save the whales.
Rachel Kramer, played by Drew Barrymore, is a Green Peace activist that gets involved in saving the whales too and she is also Adam’s ex girlfriend which brings another twist to the movie. The native Iñupiat tribe at first was planning to hunt the whales for food but with the story becoming world wide chose to rally together and help save the whales instead. Even the President, American Military, Russians, and the oil companies join in the quest to help this whale family.
Big Miracle is set in the 80s and they do a great job with all the little details to make it clear when this event occurred. There are a lot of various sub plots going on in this movie and if you have to step out for some popcorn, you may find yourself quite confused when you come back. It has two love stories taking place, family dynamics, and politics all happening at the same time. Even though its rated PG you may not want to take younger children to see it for it has quite a bit of bad language throughout and there are a couple scenes that may be disturbing to small children if they catch on to what’s going on. It’s so involved that they may miss it all together.
Overall Big Miracle is a good movie with a lot of involved storylines. I like how just three whales brought together so many people from all over the world. And if you’re a fan of The Office, you will definitely enjoy seeing John Krasinski playing one of the leading roles.
Big Miracle is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.