MovieAddict - wrote on 11/20/13
It is 1988 and Adam Carlson (John Krasinski), a reporter for a small town dreams of making it big. While filming another lame story Adam discovers that a family of three gray whales has become trapped in a small hole in the Alaskan ice. He submits the footage to his station and it is soon picked up by NBC and goes viral. Soon every major network is sending reporters to cover the whale story. One of these reporters is Jill (Kristen Bell), whom Adam has had a crush on for some time.
Meanwhile Adam's ex-girlfriend, a Greenpeace animal loving activist, Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) hears about the story and flies up there -- after berating Adam for not telling her himself and thus begins the rush to save the creatures (nicknamed "Fred," "Wilma" and "Bam-Bam").
The Baby Whale, Bam-Bam has sustained injuries from being caught in a net and banging his nose continually on the ice but the parents refuse to leave him alone even though the hole continues to become smaller as winter sets in, causing the whales to struggle as they return to the surface to breathe.
Things look very grim indeed for the whales….and soon the politicians, media, hunters, environmentalists, the US Army and the Soviet Navy must all put aside their differences in order to rescue these majestic creatures from the Arctic freezing conditions. Of course, we all root for the whales and can't wait to see how it all ends. I loved it.