Big Miracle

Chronicle

It was a close race, one that could get switched around when the actual numbers hit on Monday, but, for now, the combination of teenage superheroes and the found footage technique has given Chronicle the edge over The Woman in Black. Chronicle‘s $22m ranks it high on the found footage subgenre, above movies like The Last Exorcism ($20.3m opening in 2010) and Quarantine ($14.2m opening in 2008). It’s a solid number regardless but all the more impressive considering Chronicle‘s reported $12m budget. Found footage movies weren’t looking to slow down any time soon anyway, but this debut clenches it. We’ll be certainly seeing more found footage movies covering a broader range of genre. Before we know it someone will be pitching an idea of holiday, family drama told from the point of view of home movies. That’s not even saying anything to the idea of Chronicle getting its own sequel. It definitely will.

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Kevin Carr

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr heads out to the drab English countryside to settle a woman’s estate only to find the place haunted. Fortunately, Kevin had already crawled down a mysterious hole and gained super powers, so he’s able to fend off the evil spirits. For a fleeting moment, he considers using his new powers for good, like to save a family of gray whales trapped under the ice in Barrow, Alaska. However, his fear of the 30 Days of Night vampires keep him at home. He then decides to use his new powers to read the subtitles of The Hidden Face so he can enjoy the copious amounts of pretty Colombian breasts.

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The Reject Report - Large

That’s right. We’ve officially gone from grey to black. This means the evil side of the Reject Report is about to rear its ugly head and its taking names. First up, Daniel Radcliffe. He’ll have some stiff competition, though, in the form of teenage super heroes and whales. Those whales might have a miracle up their sleeves, and they’ll need precisely that to come out on top this weekend. It’s not looking to be a massive weekend for box office receipts, but there’s apparently some big football game this weekend that’s sure to take away even more of that dwindling box office. Go ahead and put on your favorite team’s colors. We’re still decked out in black.

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We are told early on in Big Miracle that “everybody loves whales!” It’s both an excuse and a rallying cry and, had Ken Kwapis‘ film stuck with its first moniker, it would have also been the title of his latest film. Someone apparently had the foresight to slay that terrible name, but it’s still managed to worm its way into the finished feature, where it’s pronounced earnestly, practically begging for its audience to nod and say, “yep, it’s true – just everybody loves whales.” Strangely enough, it’s that tossed-aside title that sums up Big Miracle quite neatly – earnest, insane, and conducive to crowd participation and (positive) involvement.

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published: 12.17.2014
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