To save their cash-strapped orphanage, a guardian and his kids partner with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win a lucrative fishing competition.
Runtime: 1hr 36m
Director: Julio Quintana
Starring: Jimmy Gonzales, Dennis Quaid, Anthony Gonzalez, Bruce McGill, Raymond Cruz, Nathan Arenas, Miguel Angel Garcia, Isaac Arellanes, Steve Gutierrez, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Fernanda Urrejola, Silverio Palacios
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Set in the picturesque Mexican city of Cabo San Lucas, known for its vibrant beaches and lively nightlife, its story essentially centres around Omar (Jimmy Gonzales). He is an honest do-gooder who runs an orphanage and is in dire need of funds to prevent his wards from going homeless. Bereft of donors and with the local bank on his back, he needs $112,000 immediately. However, his solution to this predicament is rather unconventional if not entirely bizarre: entering the world’s highest-paying fishing competition (Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournament) with a band of kids, woefully ignorant of what they have signed up for. In their pursuits, they befriend an elderly fisherman by the name of Wade Malloy (Dennis Quaid). An irate drunk and an all-round grumpy individual, Malloy’s only achievement in life is winning the fishing contest twice.
Jimmy Gonzales as Omar gives a delightful performance, portraying on-screen, a character that one can truly empathise with. Dennis Quad’s antics as Malloy, is equally impressive. Despite, coming off as an eccentric, the old sea dog indulges in the most predictable behavioural patterns. One, where he is shouting at everybody initially but ends up becoming a valuable member of the team. The rest of the cast, comprising of child actors, is lively on-screen, but their dialogue is mostly in English, with a healthy spattering of Mexican words (which are not translated on screen) thrown in for good measure.
Despite being set mainly at sea on a small boat the cinematography is picturesque with amazingly bright colours and no it’s not just blue skies and sea although they do make you just want to dive in. Another thing I really liked was there was not much use of CGI except for the images of the Marlins.
Blue Miracle won’t win any Oscars anytime soon; and it has a predictable ending, but thats okay it is just a fun feel good film that the whole family can enjoy.
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