Big Miracle

Big Miracle

Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world ... A small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer ... are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson 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. 2.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
Big Miracle

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Certificate PG
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Ken Kwapis
Cast John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Danson Drew Barrymore
Studio Universal Pictures UK
Release Date February 2012
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Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world ... A small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer ... are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson 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.

Reviews

The Daily Mail

James O'Brien

Bonus points are available for spotting a young Sarah Palin in the archive footage with which proceedings are liberally sprinkled.

10/02/2012

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The New York Times

Rachel Saltz

Savvy enough to allow that many of the people pitching in do so for reasons other than altruism, and it is sentimental enough to have those characters changed by their commitment to the cause.

02/02/2012

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The Los Angeles Times

Michael Phillips

One should never expect the whole or even the partial truth in any film based on a true story. This one tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion, by way of a rangy, lively group of competing interests ... The film doesn't look and feel as if made on laptops in California. Also there's no attempt to humanize or goo-goo-eyes the whales themselves.

03/02/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

It’s earnest, manipulative and has all the subtlety of a snowplough. But through sheer force of will and prolonged exposure to its impressive animatronic cetaceans, Big Miracle achieves an emotional momentum which is hard to resist.

10/02/2012

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Total Film

Neil Smith

That everyone has their own motives doesn’t make us less receptive to a happy outcome. Rather, it serves to dilute the saccharine that would otherwise cling to the story like barnacles on a flipper, turning what could have easily been another Free Willy into something a little more astute.

03/02/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

The title of this film is ironic. It wasn't a "big miracle" of international co-operation. Everyone exploited the crisis ... They all had personal or professional agendas to pursue, ranging from an oil company boss eager to gain kudos and further drilling rights, to Ronald Reagan polishing his reputation in its final months and securing the election of his successor, George Bush.

12/02/2012

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The Evening Standard

The Evening Standard

Ponderously sincere but it does tell a good story.

10/02/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The whales themselves look like they are about to die of boredom.

09/02/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

It's enough to make you long for the days when they just made things up.

10/02/2012

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Empire Magazine

Olly Richards

Takes some believing in the era of global warming (too much ice? Really?) but the sledgehammer emoting should let you know you're in a family drama.

06/02/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

It doesn’t seem to know how to convey the majesty or the drama inherent in the natural world. Instead everything is filtered through the dull perspectives of characters that aren’t interesting to start with.

09/02/2012

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Time Out

Derek Adams

By-the-book dialogue and lame performances do the film no favours but, hey, worse things happen at sea.

06/02/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

A cosy movie with no troublesome villains.

12/02/2012

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