Big Miracle

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Big Miracle
Big Miracle Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Produced by Steve Golin
Michael Sugar
Tim Bevan
Liza Chasin
Eric Fellner
Screenplay by Jack Amiel
Michael Begler
Based on Freeing the Whales 
by Tom Rose
Starring Drew Barrymore
John Krasinski
Music by Cliff Eidelman
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited by Cara Silverman
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • February 3, 2012 (2012-02-03)
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $30[1]-40 million[2]
Box office $24,719,215

Big Miracle is a 2012 family drama film starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The film, directed by Ken Kwapis, is based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose, which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska. The film was released on February 3, 2012.

The movie flopped at the box office, only opening to more than $7 million and pulling in $24,719,215 overall.

Synopsis[edit]

In small town Alaska, Adam Carlson a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend Rachel– a Greenpeace volunteer – on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Adam names the whales Fred, Wilma, and the infant Bamm-Bamm.

Drawn into the collaborative rescue work are several normally hostile factions: Inupiat whale hunters, a Greenpeace environmental activist, an oil executive, ambitious news reporters, the National Guard, the American president and politicians on the state, national and international levels. Also joining in the effort are two entrepreneurs from Minnesota, who provide de-icing machines to help keep the hole open. Finally an enormous Soviet ice-breaker ship arrives to remove the last barrier before the whales die. The ship's first attempt doesn't work and leaves only a dent. The ice is finally broken and the adult whales Fred and Wilma escape the ice. Sadly, the infant whale Bamm-Bamm dies from injuries and does not surface again. In the epilogue narrated by Nathan reveals that McGraw used his new reputation to uphold a contract to clean up the oil spilt by the Exxon-Valdez, Karl and Dean's de-icers made them local celebrities, Scott and Kelly were married, Jill worked her way up to a national news network, Greenpeace membership became more prominent, Adam confesses his love for Rachel and she returns his affections and they share a kiss, Adam got to stay being a news anchor, and both Nathan and Malik became closer to one another, and Nathan recalls about the hole in which the whales were first found and quotes "It kept getting bigger and bigger, until it let the whole world in."

In a post-credits scene Fred and Wilma swim away free in the ocean.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Warner Bros. bought the screenplay by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler in April 2009, and in the following June, Kwapis was attached to direct.[7] In September 2010, with Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski cast in the starring roles, filming began in Seward. It had a production budget of $30 or 40 million. The crew constructed sets in Anchorage to resemble places in Barrow during the whale rescue. Filming lasted for 10 weeks.[8]

The film's working title was Everybody Loves Whales, which is a line still heard in the film.

Post-production[edit]

Visual effects on Big Miracle were created by Rhythm and Hues Studios and Modus FX.

Burger King promoted the movie with toys.

The MPAA has rated this film PG for language.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film currently holds a rating of 74% based on 95 reviews. The site's consensus was: "Big Miracle uses real-life events as the basis for a surprisingly satisfying family drama."[9] Metacritic currently holds a score of 61 based on 28 reviews.[10]

Box office[edit]

The film opened with $2,267,385 on its opening day, ranking at No. 4 behind Chronicle, The Woman in Black, and The Grey at the box office.[11] The film grossed $7,760,205 on its opening weekend and remained at the same spot.[12] On its second weekend the film dropped to #8, with $3,946,050.[13] The film closed its run on April 5, 2012, with $24,719,215 worldwide as a box office disappointment.

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rose, Tom (1989). Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event. Carol Publishing Corporation. ISBN 978-1-55972-011-3. 

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