An animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community - and eventually rival world superpowers - to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Written by
According to an article on the Greenpeace website, the Rachel Kramer character (Drew Barrymore) is based on Greenpeace wildlife campaigner, Cindy Lowry, who appears in the closing credits in archival footage. See more »
Ice does not form vertical underwater walls. Ice floats. See more »
[Doing a news report on the ice]
Cut! God, my feet are numb. These boots are useless.
[motions to Nathan]
Hey kid, you still got that cardboard?
I sold it to the other guy. But I can still get more! It's forty now, though.
Shipping and handling.
...Shipping and handling?
It's not my first rodeo, either.
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At the very end of the credits, when the Working Title logo appears, we hear the songs of the whales. See more »
I watched this film on a whim. Wow, I was really surprised, it was GOOD! In addition to being thoroughly entertained and moved, it was very moving to know that the film is based on a true story.
I don't know how they rendered the whales (CGI, mechanical, etc.), but they were extremely life-like. It was also interesting to see how many different cultures interacted -- political realms, the media, the local Inuit community, the oil industry, environmentalists. The script was terrific, and be sure to stay tuned for the end credits, where the actors are shown alongside the real-life players in this drama.
It should be noted that Kristin Bell was excellent in the film, along with the rest of the cast. She appears pretty far down in the credits, and I'm not sure why, as she had a fairly prominent role.
Watch this one, you won't regret it!
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