“If you want to teach those kids to be losers their whole life, I’ll have no part in it. I’m a winner.”

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Originally named On The Line, Blue Miracle is about saving an orphanage (Casa Hogar in Cabo), as a guardian and his kids, partner with a washed-up boat captain for a chance to win a cash prize at a fishing tournament.

Lately I’ve noticed some of the movie reviews I’ve done in the past were based on real life stories like Apple Mortgage Cake, Soul Surfer, Wish Man and Walk. Ride. Rodeo. The one thing all of these films have in common is the main characters had to overome great challenges and yet hold onto their faith. While believing and working for a miracle.

Blue Miracle is no exception. Yes, it is predictable but curiosity will force you to watch it anyway. The film also has great character actors who add seasoning to this fish tale.

At the beginning of the film Omar (Jimmy Gonzales) is having a bad dream about a little boy drowning. He gets out of the bed and starts walking the streets in search of the little boy—finds him asleep by the water and brings him back to the orphanage.

Then the local police pull up with a young man in the truck

The next morning he and his wife, Becca (Fernanda Urrejola), are discussing the food situation as they try to figure out how to feed the children with less. As he is getting into his truck, Omar gets a call on his phone—it’s the bank…he doesn’t answer. Then the local police pull up with a young man in the truck who stole a watch and has a bad attitude. His name is Moco (Miguel Angel Garcia) and Omar gets the watch and convinces Moco to return the watch and apologize to the victim. Who just happens to be a crusty old sea captain by the name of Captain Wade Malloy (Dennis Quaid). Who accepts the watch but refuses the apology.

That night, at the orphanage, they prepare for a hurricane which they seem to survive with the exception of some minor flooding. Omar heads to Brisbee’s to borrow a pump to get the water out of the orphanage and to see if the Brisbees (Bruce McGill) (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) can put in a good word at the bank that would give them a little more time on their loan. As Omar is leaving, Captian Wade comes in demanding to be added to the list for the upcoming Black and Blue Fishing Tournament. But since he is not a local his fee cannot be waived. So he strikes a deal with Brisbee that if he would give Wade any locals on his boat, to waive his fee, he’d take them. Brisbee gets the idea of pairing him with Poppy (Omar) and the orphans. Wade wasnt too happy with the idea, but agreed.

In the meantime, Poppy tries to get Moca to join the crew, but he seems to be a hard nut to crack. Guess who gets to sit in the hot seat first? On day one they thought they had a marlin on the line only to reel in a large batch of seaweed.

Wade tells him it’s over.

On day two they had a marlin on the line, but Moco and one of the boys got into a fight—fell overboard and the captain had to jump in to save them. That night Omar goes to see Wade to bring him dinner and a picture Tweety drew for him. When Wade figures out that Omar was using the tournament to save the orphanage—with all the other discouraging events, Wade tells him it’s over.

On the third and final day, Tweety (Steve Gutierrez) tells Omar that God wanted him to come along. Upon arriving to the boat, Tweety tells Captain Wade he now knows why his mother left him—so he could help the captain win the tournament.

While conspiring to cheat, Omar pricks his finger on a nail in his back pocket; reminding him of a lesson he taught Tweety. So he decides to win the tournament honestly. It looks as if everyone’s dreams of winning are washed away as Omar gives them a not so pleasant pep talk. So the boys go to the front of the boat to get a lesson in how to catch mackeral while Omar stands at the rear of the boat all alone. At that moment he tosses the nail in the water…the reel begins to move. He calls for help, but Captain Wade refuses the rod and tells Omar to keep it and reel the marlin in. As Omar is reeling in this fish, he begins having flashbacks of everything in his life that led up to this moment. In this struggle between man and fish he weakens…

Will Omar catch this marlin? Will team Casa Hogar win the tournament and save the orphanage? You will just have to watch the movie to get the answer.

Veteran actors Raymond Cruz (Hector) and Dennis Quaid (Wade) the crusty sea captain, are at the top of their game.

Blue Miracle was released in 2021, is 95 min, is rated TV-PG and can be seen on Netflix.

Director: Julio Quintana.
Writers: Julio Quintana and Chris Dowling.
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jimmy Gonzales, and Miguel Angel Garcia.

We give Blue Miracle

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Blue Miracle is a movie that teaches perserverance, making the right choices and standing on the truth despite the outcome. Which, to me are good lessons for all of us. A great family night movie that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

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