It is no Free Willy, but it still has whales
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Tim Blake Nelson and Kristen Bell.
Based on a true story, we follow three Gray Whales who are stuck beneath the ice in Alaska in the late 1980's and a group of people consisting of politicians, corporate tycoons, environmentalists, and news reporters fight like wildfire to allow these sea creatures to make it to the ocean before the ice seals their fate. Lately, for some reason, I've grown careful with true story genres. Not saying they aren't true, but evidence suggest that they tend to be greatly exaggerated just to boost the drama and rake in the audience. It has to be done apparently. Then you ask yourself how necessarily are any elements to these events, or even if they are truthful. Regardless, we work with what we can.
Drew Barrymore plays an environmentalist who stumbles upon a short unimportant story about three whales stuck in the ice. When she arrives to Alaska, along with her ex played by John Krasinski, the message spreads worldwide, with more attention across the nation, spreading awareness. For someone like me who tends to prefer genuine emotion, most od the background characters looked more fabricated than authentic. It isn't acting, it's just sitting around looking at a box with a green screen. Barrymore is a bit of an annoying character, like all environmentalists. We get what they are trying to accomplish, but obviously, ethics isn't part of their education, so it's hard for me to be on board her character.
While she's only here to cry and save the day, I couldn't help but enjoy watching different class of people traveling to a winter wasteland. You have politicians, Russians, a corporation hell bent on gaining oil drilling rights, and a family in the ice built on traditions. Everyone has something to gain and loose, but in the end, it is nature's creatures that bring them together. Over the course of the film, no matter how much of a heartless bastard you are, a life is a life. My view is, they should have just harvested the animals. I may sown like the very thing I just stated, but it would have saved time and a more humane way of dealing with the situation. But it's an opinion, and it it won't bite me in the ass because up to a certain point in civilization, we ate everything. Regardless, it's a nice family movie. Kids will learn to appreciate nature more than their materials. We are living on borrowed time and have as much right to live as any other creature even if they don't reason.
Overall, while it doesn't offer any "wow" factors, it is a good time movie. And why is it that I'm just hearing about this?
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.