Big Miracle translate the inspirational true story of the battle to free three grey whales stranded in the pack ice in Alaska in 1988 to the big screen.
TV journalist Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) is approaching the end of his stay in Barrow, Alaska, where he has befriended the local Inuit tribe including 11-year-old boy Nathan (Ahmaogak Sweeney).
During some filming on the ice, Adam spies a whale in the ice and he discovers that a small family is trapped far from safety. The animals’ one and only air hole is slowly freezing over so Adam hurriedly broadcasts a news piece in the hope that the networks might pick up the story.
Adam’s old flame Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore), who is now a vociferous Greenpeace activist, sees his report and rushes to the scene to help in any way she can. Annoyingly for her, Adam seems rather smitten with ambitious Los Angeles reporter Jill Jerard (Kristen Bell), who has arrived in Alaska to cover the story.
Amidst the bickering, Adam and co concoct a rescue plan, calling upon Governor Haskell (Stephen Root), oil tycoon JW McGraw (Ted Danson) and helicopter pilot Colonel Scott Boyer (Dermot Mulroney) to rally to their desperate cause. Big Miracle is showing at Vue in Northampton today at 10.40am, 1.10pm, 3.40pm and 6pm.