GENRE: Family Adventure
DIRECTOR: Ken Kwapis
WRITERS: Jack Amiel and Michael Berger, based on the book “Freeing the Whales” by Tom Rose
WHO’S IN IT: John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Dermot Mulroney
IN MY OPINION: While this may seem like a sappy feel-good movie on the surface, you need to remember it is a true story. Due to the nature of the story, this could be the top family movie of the year. It’s rated PG for the language. Even though I already knew the outcome, I found myself cheering for the whales and tearing up when Bam Bam died. The actors did a good job with an occasionally weak script. Actual news footage from 1988 and the Native Alaskan actors really added to the story. Stick around for the credits and you’ll see additional news footage blended with film clips. Also check out the clip of the young female sportscaster who ran for VP last time around.
WHAT OTHERS SAID:
It was a great family film, which is hard to find today. Nice to see two countries at odds all the time come together to save the whales. The Inuit culture showed old ways can be used even today with great respect and have value. — Deb Bauder, Mt. Pleasant
I really enjoyed it and my kids did too. It was nice to have an adventure-type film we could all watch together. I can’t believe I cried so much. — Debbie Thompson, Grand Rapids