Casa Hogar has been in bad shape for a while. But the hurricane did the rest. If the miracle does not happen soon, the chronically underfunded orphanage is in danger of collapse. For its director, Omar (Jimmy Gonzalez), who has made helping children his life's work, it would be an absolute disaster. But the Mexican doesn't want to give up so easily. And so he teamed up with seasoned fisherman Wade (Dennis Quaid) so they could take part in the competition together. A proud penny awaits the winner, enough to save the orphanage. However, cooperation is not easy, especially since the gloomy Wade cannot do anything with the children and only does not want to let them on board ...
IMDB Rating 6.6
In the field of sports films, this is probably one of the most frequently used motives: a group of outsiders enter a competition that is actually too high for them, and in the end, no matter what, manages to defeat them. others. In fact, stories like this have been told so many times that it would have been a miracle if the losing team hadn't won in the end. You won't get that far with Netflix's Blue Wonder. In turn, director and co-writer Julio Quintana found two other points that set his work at least slightly different from the mass of similar oriented titles.
First of all, it is the sport itself: it is obvious that sports such as football, basketball or other team sports are suitable for exciting fights. For this, there are enough people who regularly get sick. On the other hand, fishing is not always an obvious thrill pastime. In the end, most do it with the opposite goal: to relax a little and rest. However, in Blue Miracle, they struggled to make the whole thing a little more exciting, for example, due to technical problems or fighting a huge fish. A sports thriller in which you bite your nails out of nervousness will not work. But this is more exciting than you might have guessed beforehand.
release date 27 May 2021 (USA)
Secondly, "The Blue Miracle" tells of a more or less historic victory. More specifically, the shelter team was the first and to date the only team from Mexico to win the Bisbee's Black & Blue fishing competition. Of course, fewer people in this country have heard of this. The event does not have much prestige. But in this case it works. It is enough to know that foreign orphans have achieved success somewhere, although no one expected it to warm their hearts. At least that wasn't really the movie's hidden intent.
The Mexican-US co-production, however, is not as manipulative as it sounds. In some places they apply a little thicker and look for an emotional abbreviation. However, this is largely due to the fact that the target group here is somewhat lower: Blue Miracle is family-oriented. If you approach the beginning with properly adjusted expectations and are prepared for the film's dramatic structure to follow the pattern, you can get your money back. When Dennis Quaid (I can only imagine, Cheerful, happy, whatever) For example, a growler who gradually opens his heart to children, of course, this is nothing special. But it works. In fact, the photographs that honor the blue in the title are good for this: as we sail across the brightly colored sea, it's an almost unrealistic idyllic sight.