The film is based on Operation Breakthrough which is a true story of a small town news reporter (played by US The Office’s John Krasinski) and a ballsy environmental activist (Drew Barrymore) involved in rescuing three gray whales trapped under ice in the Arctic Circle in 1988.
Heads of state, journalists from across the globe and an oil tycoon (Ted Danson) descend on a small town in the northern tip of Alaska and join forces with the Inuit locals, the National Guard and Russian military (despite Cold War tensions) to free the whales.
International news and the world’s attention was captured by the rescue adventure and Greenpeace membership figures surged as people’s attitudes towards whales and endangered species changed.
Big Miracle (PG), 107 minutes
It portrays the struggle between native traditions and environmental politics well and may be a gentle, romantic drama suitable for children, but it’s inspiring stuff.
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