Thursday, 26 July 2012

'Big Miracle' Film Review

Having seen the trailer to this family film, I was quite excited to see it as it looks like a meaningful and heartwarming film with a great cast, and indeed it was.

Based on a true story, aspiring news reporter Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) discovers three whales trapped in ice during his stay in Alaska. With his footage released nationwide, Greenpeace worker Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrybore), also Carlson's ex, fights to mobilise the national guard in order to save them.

With only several days before the ice will freeze over, the story goes international and the local Inupiat people must work with everyone else in order to keep the whales alive until a rescue could made, uniting people from all walks of life.

The pace of the movie was initially quite slow and was information based, but it soon picked up as action was being made to rescue the whales. I thought the rescue mission started surprisingly early as I thought most of the film was about fighting to get them rescued but the focus was better this way.

Within seconds of the whales showing their heads, my mother and sister already complained of how fake they looked which I personally did not notice. I thought their actions were forced but the actual physical appearance was not a gripe at all.

Introducing a range of different perspectives, from Greenpeace, an oil drill investor, reporters, the government... several scenes really opened my eyes into each of their selfish motives and how the whale story was taken advantage of for personal gain. And as they become emotionally attached to the whales, how their motives change and their perspective for each other.

The ending to the movie was surprisingly predictable but nonetheless enjoyable and breathtaking. 

John Krasinski- Adam Carlson
Drew Barrymore- Rachel Kramer
Kristen Bell- Jill Jerard

Also stars Dermot Mulroney, Ted Danson and Tim Blake Nelson.

Drew Barrymore plays a convincing and passionate Greenpeace worker whilst Kristen Bell's character was surprisingly snotty and rather unlikable. Unfortunately, there were no standout performances.

'Big Miracle' tells of a true story of the internationally famed whale rescue mission, drawing people of differing motives together and changing their perspectives. Whilst it tries to be varied, the slow pace at the beginning and a real lack of action/tension brings the film down, making it much more emotionally focused which would've work brilliantly if the characters were more developed or a greater attachment to the whales was realised. That said, the film was brilliantly heartwarming and perfect for the family.


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this film! I've had some mixed feelings about watching this movie, but now based on all the good things I've been hearing about it, I'm sold! I'm going to add it to the top of my Blockbuster @Home queue tomorrow and watch it in the next couple of days. As far as the fakeness of the whales your sister and mother noticed, I really don't see that as being surprising. I'm sure there were scenes that wouldn't have been easy to create without some magical effects. It's nothing I'm too worried about, because one of my coworkers at Dish and I noticed the same thing in Dolphin Tale and we had no problem enjoying the film for what it was. :)

    1. Thanks for your comment! Yes, the whales didn't bug me personally but it definitely could have done with more action. Still a great heartwarming film though!

  2. This is so touching. I love the story, the characters and oh not to mention these three whales. I'am crying the whole time, I guess. :)
    Great review. Keep it up.


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