Written September 17, 2014
I've seen all the big movies this season, and this by far is one of the most exceptional films of them all. The fact that it is a TRUE story and the family was very involved in the making of it makes it all the more powerful. It is the only film I've cried during this year, the only one worthy of tears honestly. The 2004 Tsunami ripped apart the islands of Indonesia, but this movie is about the love the wave couldn't ripe apart. It is magical and moving and makes you very aware of the power of love and hope and really makes you question the materialist world we live in and what really matters. Excellent! Powerful! Impossible to forget!
Written December 26, 2014
Great movie and incredible true story about this horrific event and the impact on thousands of lives. This family's story made the tragedy more personal as seen through the eyes of the parents and children who separated when the tsunami hit with no advance warning. Can't give it the top rating of "must go" but it's definitely a "go" and worth seeing in a theater. It's a shame it's only playing on a small number of theaters and not getting as much exposure as other films at box office that are not nearly as entertaining or inspiring.
Written July 06, 2013
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Written October 20, 2014
Firstly, the direcion was so heavy handed. Trying to be symbolic ( ending scence during her operation and the reinactment of her trauma ) and then the loud sounds to make you jump ( flight attendant closing the door of the plane at the end ) and then the "sappy violin score " and the heavy make-up and on and on. AND THE MOST ANNOYING PART WAS - Why wasn't the father and two younger sibling's story of what happened to them during the tsunami - and how THEY SURVIVED !. I also felt for the yound actors to be subjected to acting in this tragic movie. It was too much for me to stop thinking about their well being and mental state. And, lastly, I will read the book ......................why? Because I like truth and not " hollywood slanting"
Written November 23, 2014
I had high expectations and even though Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts made a great screen couple the movie plays with the line of boredom and emotionality that makes the amazing scenes leave from your liking.