Blue Miracle, directed by Julio Quintana, a protégé and collaborator of Terrence Malick, isn’t quite what that description implies (it’s a brazenly popular 95-minute family film), but it does bear the traces of that relationship. Within the confines of his straightforward material, Quintana exhibits a visual language that speaks less to his inexperience as a director (it’s only his second film) and more to his master tutelage, beginning with the lived-in neon-hued streets of the town and then, most obviously, with the remarkable vistas surrounding it as we head out on the water. The film’s size distinguishes it from the remainder of the streamer’s generally boring or mediocre offerings.
Quintana and co-writer Craig Dowling’s script is formula 101, with no surprises, and while it mostly works, there are a few character shifts that feel rushed, some emotional wins that feel unearned, and while the predictable finale is undeniably rousing, it moves us enough to feel jarred by the abruptness with which it then ends. Gonzales is a delightful lead, providing a warm, paternal counterpoint to Quaid’s grumpy captain and absent father, the two grappling with competing ideas of manhood and how to properly teach young boys without parents how to deal with hardship and competitiveness. Lately, Quaid has been leaning into his age. IMDB