Written October 25, 2014
J.A. Bayona directed one of my favorite horror movies of recent years, The Orphanage, and being unaware this was his film, I was a bit surprised to see his name scroll in the director credit for this true story tsunami drama. His melodramatic approach here is typical of disaster films and though it's better than most in that grain, it ultimately felt too tidy for my taste. I liked Ewan McGregor's performance as much as Naomi Watts' but wouldn't say either was exceedingly deserving of an acting nomination. Oh and what's with the subtle yet pointed anti-Americanism? I get that most of the world has a general dislike for the U.S. but what is its relevance to this tragic situation? Was there heavy criticism for our relief efforts with this particular disaster of which I was (blissfully) unaware? 3.25 stars (out of 5)
Written September 17, 2014
More graphic than I imagined .... But also fantastic. The visual imagery is amazing, as is the acting -- esp. Naomi Watts. Also loved the actor who plays the oldest son. He matures right before your eyes. Stunning and moving and gripping.
Written January 30, 2015
went with 4 teenagers thought the movie was intense and at times more gory then expected but all around loved it and over 2 hours flew by, bring your tissues even if you are a guy.
Written April 19, 2015
You really get a sense of how awful the devastation was after the tsunami. Very moving story with excellent acting, especially Naomi Watts and the boy who played her oldest son. I cried a lot - it was a very moving story and well worth seeing.
Written May 23, 2015
From one of the earliest scenes, you are thrown directly into the tragedy that starts the emotional roller coaster you will endure throughout the film. The sadness and fear that I felt were overwhelming in the beginning!! From devastated, to hopeful, to elated, you are forced to FEEL SOMETHING from beginning to end with this movie, and that is what makes a film great in my opinion! A must see, highly recommended, but don't be surprised if you shed some tears. Also, I can't forget to mention the INCREDIBLE acting done, particularly by Naomi, as well as the young boy who played the oldest son Lucas. Loved it.