We can all pretty much agree that as the caretakers of the planet earth, the human race is pretty pathetic. It’s not that we are inherently evil, or that we just don’t care, no the reasons for our incompetence are alot more disturbing. The fact is that we’re all just lazy. We’re too lazy to do the right thing, especially if it requires work and sacrifice. That’s why film has been a successful medium for artists who wish to create change. Because, if done right, two hours of storytelling can inspire people to perform a lifetime of work.
Now I’m not claiming that the film Big Miracle is a profound piece of art that will inspire world change. But its hard not to admire the ambition of the filmmakers involved. It appears, at least from this trailer, that the filmmakers have a personal rooting interest in this tale and are attempting to inspire something more than just financial growth. I could be wrong, maybe they are just trying to turn a quick buck. But I’m sure there’s other more fanciful, exciting, and easier commercial stories to tell that would make some easy quick cash. But instead they’ve chosen to tell this tale of three trapped whales. Which doesn’t exactly scream box office bonanza. I find it refreshing when filmmakers attempt to tell stories for more than just financial gain. I feel at its purest form, good entertainment should attempt to inspire. Of course…all this said, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if they did make some bank… while they are at it.
Big Miracle stars Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney, Tim Blake Nelson, Vinessa Shaw and Ted Danson. Big Miracle is directed by Ken Kwapis. It is scheduled for release February 3, 2012.
Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who 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 (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, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer (Barrymore). Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she’s also his ex-girlfriend. With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. As the world’s attention turns to the top of the globe, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to a momentary thaw in the Cold War.