“Big Miracle” is a heart-warming family adventure! This is a “feel good” family-friendly movie which shows what can happen when people pull together. The movie is based on the book, “Freeing the Whales”, by Thomas Rose.
It is 1988 and President Reagan is in office. When three gray whales become trapped by ice in the Arctic, a Greenpeace volunteer named Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) gets busy working on doing whatever is necessary to set them free. If that means ruffling the feathers of a governor or a big-time construction owner named J.W. McGraw (Ted Danson) she is willing to do it. She even gets aid from her former boyfriend, Adam Carlson (John Krasinski), a local newsman, who gets on board with her plan and helps in several ways.
The film features historical moments and news casts based on this story inspired by true events, with even President Reagan becoming involved, as well as the Russians. In one funny improbable scene President Reagan gets on the phone to seek help from the Russians as a Soviet ship is needed, and he says, “Hello Gorby, this is Ronny!” It could be it didn’t actually go down that way, but the inspirational scenes of the film, including two men with a de-icing machine traveling to the Arctic all the way from Minnesota, will have you cheering not only for the whales, but for a happy ending for the humans too! Everyone ultimately pulls together in this one, even the locals of Alaska who are not necessarily crazy about the publicity. We are pleased to award this terrific film our Dove “Family-Approved’ Seal. Go experience this “big” miracle with your family.