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The amazing tale of an animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter who are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community and eventually rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.
Adventure - This is a fact-based family film based on the true story of whales
trapped in ice near Alaska. Fans of Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski,
and Kristen Bell should have plenty to enjoy here. This is a film
safe for all ages.
USA TodayFull Review Average The biggest and most miraculous creatures in Big Miracle are almost drowned out by the clutter of lackluster human stories injected into an already compelling drama.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Above Average As the minutes tick down, the sentimentality picks up. But chalk that up to the enigmatic creatures, which grab hold of human hearts no matter one's politics or affiliations. Whales just have a way of bringing people together.
NY PostFull Review Good 'big Miracle" shouldn't really work, but it does. It's an exciting, charming and often quite funny family film inspired by the real-life 1988 rescue of three gray whales trapped in ice near Alaska's northernmost point.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 135 moviegoers:
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "BIG MIRACLE." These are extremely high reviews from approximately three-quarters of the moviegoers. Most of the remaining quarter enjoyed it very much with just a very small number rating it average and below average. "Big Miracle" is a GREAT FAMILY FILM!
Barrow newsman Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) can't wait to escape the northern tip of
Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the
world comes chasing it too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry
journalists descending upon the frigid outpost to get their moment in the
midnight sun, the one person who occupies Adam the most is Rachel Kramer
(Drew Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she also happens to
be his ex-girlfriend.
With time running out, Rachel, Adam and Nathan (Ahmaogak Sweeney), an 11-year-old native
Alaskan boy who learns to connect with his people and his culture, must rally an
unlikely coalition of locals, oil companies and Russian and American military to
set aside their differences and unite for a purpose they all believe in: freeing
the whales in record time. As the Alaskans frantically try to dig miles of holes
on one side of the ice and a Soviet icebreaker pushes inland on the other, they
must perform the virtually impossible to bridge a four-mile gap. And if they
miraculously succeed, the trapped whales will be freed to the safety of open sea
to begin their 5,000-mile annual migration.
As the world's attention turns to the top of the globe for two weeks, saving
these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against
one another and leads to an unexpected, momentary thaw in the Cold War.