‘Blue Miracle’ Review: Fishing Lessons

Gratingly sentimental and simplistic, Julio Quintana’s “Blue Miracle,” set in Cabo San Lucas in 2014, turns a doubtlessly compelling underdog story right into a sermon. But should you’re within the temper to see Dennis Quaid studying and rising — and interesting in sappy conversations about fatherhood — then step proper up.

As the prizewinning fisherman Wade Malloy, Quaid evinces a manic desperation that, had been it tended to, can be inconvenient to the script’s homily-strewn march towards uplift. Temperamentally grumpy and ethically malleable, Malloy learns he can solely enter the most recent fishing event if he has an area man on his staff. Enter Papa Omar (Jimmy Gonzales), the saintly director of an imperiled orphanage. In debt to the financial institution for over $100,000, Omar wants the competition’s prize cash to keep away from eviction. That he doesn’t know one finish of a fishing rod from the opposite is seemingly irrelevant.

Based on a real story, “Blue Miracle” suffers mightily from slapdash plotting and superficial moralizing. (A scene the place Omar is tempted by his legal previous needlessly emphasizes his reformed bona fides.) Realism isn’t a precedence: When the orphanage is flooded by Hurricane Odile, the water seems to vanish of its personal accord. Neither is it made clear why three orphans — broadly stamped because the sensible one, the humorous one and the robust child with points — are additionally included on the fishing crew, given their contribution to the duty at hand can charitably be described as minimal.

What is apparent, although, is that if the film’s depiction of occasions is even near correct, its final result is certainly a miracle.

Blue Miracle
Not rated. Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes. Watch on Netflix.