Dennis Quaid’s drama film fails even to surprise viewer-Entertainment News, Firstpost
In Blue Miracle there is a lot of talk about goodness in the world, and that hope is the greatest thing. Well, if there is such a thing as hope, then why can’t that keep Dennis Quaid away from these typically stereotypical films?
Imagine this: a colorful seaside town. Blue surfboards, yellow hummers, people wearing brightly colored sunglasses all around. It’s a laid-back city, where everyone’s names are, and it comes alive for an annual tournament. It’s a script structure that was used and overhauled by dozens of Hollywood productions in the late 90s and early 2000s. These films would not necessarily be what one might consider “high art” “, and most actors wouldn’t necessarily do it. And that’s because a large percentage of those movies were created by ‘what works’ spreadsheets, and most of them would be shown straight to TV.
However, that doesn’t automatically mean these were downright terrible, either. In fact, if you are lounging around on a Sunday afternoon and catching it mindlessly surfing the TV channels (like in the good old days), you can even sit and watch it all. Of course, they wouldn’t rave about it, but that’s up for debate for another day. These were predictable, schmaltzy stories where people with washboard abs would mistake their little inconveniences for “conflicts” (they obviously don’t, and you know that in the first five minutes). Julio Quintana Miracle Blue sits comfortably in this sort of not-so-great but harmless movie at best.
Omar (Jimmy Gonzalez) grew up on the streets of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He has slowly built a life that allows him and his partner, Becca (Fernanda Urrejola), to run a shelter called Casa Hogar which welcomes street children. Operating mainly on private donations and stretched with local banks, Casa Hogar, like most orphanages in the movies, is in danger of being closed. Omar may seem like a cheerful and encouraging mentor to these children, teaching them to do the âright thingâ, but he is also haunted by childhood trauma. He wakes up in the middle of the night from repeated nightmares of drowning. We later find out that he lost his father in a boating accident, when he was younger than the children he welcomes at Casa Hogar. There are also clues to how he worked as a drug mule, a life he ultimately gave up. Omar must find $ 117,000 to save Casa Hogar. And just like that, in Dennis Quaid drops as Captain Wade Malloy. A stranded sailor, whose gruff voice seems to suggest alcohol addiction and a failed marriage. Both turn out to be true.
Captain Wade, originally from San Diego, has lived in San Luca Cabo for 25 years. He prides himself on having been a double champion of the Bisbee Black-and-Blue tournament. The tournament is for fishing boats that venture into the sea for three consecutive days and catch the fish that weigh the most (usually marlins). With a ploy only possible thanks to a Hollywood screenwriter, Captain Wade is paired with Omar and his boys, so he can attempt the cash prize of $ 250,000, which could also help Omar hope to save the orphanage. When the children and Omar first venture out to sea with Captain Wade, he appears as a perpetually angry person, worried about the little things and constantly watching over the children. But as it typically happens in Disney wellness stories, we all know he’ll get used to it eventually. Miracle Blue does his best to convince us that he is not cut from the same fabric, and that a whole new denouement will come out of it all. However, just by looking at the film‘s many creative choices in the first hour, you have a clue that it will take the most traveled route.
Director Quintana wants us to believe that he made an “authentic” film, placing it in a neighborhood where armed violence is as frequent as a blackout. And that Miracle Blue isn’t like those frivolous direct-to-AXN movies set in Florida or California, but it seems to cater to the same audience. The cast of Mexican children is too Americanized, with one of them literally calling themselves Hollywood. They all speak to each other in English (from the hood) with the odd Spanish word interspersed as mijo, calm, usually ending most lines of dialogue with gÃ¼ey. Much of the music used is American hip-hop in transitional shots meant to exoticize the “beauty” of San Lucas Cabo. Moreover, despite their best efforts, the character of Captain Wade never surpasses the âwhite saviorâ of those cheerful and fiery boys on the streets of Mexico. There were every opportunity to cleverly subvert the savior trope, but it’s not * that * kind of movie. It addresses the themes of hope, courage, redemption … the cornerstones of traditional storytelling.
Miracle Blue is based on a true story that took place in 2014. It’s an enjoyable film, not badly played, which is not jarring in its technique. But the only problem we can have with the film in the end is its inability to trust each other and to take a leap into the unknown. The scenario seems so “tested” that it fails to even surprise its audience during its duration of one hundred minutes. In the movie, there is a lot of talk about goodness in the world, and that hope is the greatest thing. Well, if there is such a thing as hope, then why can’t that keep Dennis Quaid away from these typically stereotypical films?
Blue Miracle is streaming on Netflix.