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Movie review of BIG MIRACLE and YouTube Whale Rescue April 21, 2012

Posted by heidi skarie in Movie reveiew.
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Yesterday my husband shared a YouTube video he received about a humpback whale being rescued from tangled nets. It’s an amazing video. Watch it all the way to the end to see some wonderful shots of the whale’s happy dance after it regains its freedom.
Here is the YouTube of the rescue.

This YouTube video reminded me of a movie I saw recently called BIG MIRACLE. The movie was inspired by true events of a 1988 whale rescue that touched people’s hearts around the world. It involved the US and Russia working closely together during the cold war, which was quite unusual.

In the movie, TV news reporter (John Krasinski) discovers a family of gray whales ice-locked off the shore of Barrow, Alaska. He broadcasts a news story about the whale’s plight and it catches world attention, including his ex-girlfriend (Drew Barrymore), an animal lover and Greenpeace activist. She immediately works to find a way to free the whales.

Meanwhile the Inupiat tribe living in Barrow wants to harvest the whales for meat as they have done for centuries. Reporters flood into Barrow from all over the world and the local people then realize that bad publicity will result if they kill the whales. The native people turn out to serve an important role with the rescue because they know how to survive in the harsh climate. They also help keep the whales alive until rescuers arrive.

I especially enjoyed the “wise elder” of the Inupiat people who had an amazing spiritual connection with the whales and teaches the old ways to his grandson.

Another aspect I liked about the movie is how all the different people with unique viewpoints, agendas and backgrounds come together to save these wonderful animals. As it happened historically, the US and Russia were forced to work together on this highly publicized project. Everyone grows, changes and winds up deeply touched by this experience.

I highly recommend this feel-good movie.

Have you had a heart-opening experience with animals? I’d love to hear your stories.

Here is the official movie trailer:



1. Darlene - April 21, 2012

Heidi. Tears of joy and relief are on my face. thanks for this amazing movie!!

heidi skarie - April 21, 2012

Thanks for your comment. It is an amazing video.

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