Written September 23, 2014
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.
Written August 30, 2014
This is a movie that most people haven't heard of & a movie that may not get to everyone.However, if you get the chance to see it GO!Take the tissues with you. It's the TRUE story of a family that vacationed in Thailand & got caught in the Tsunami. Spolier Alert - the story is the graphic struggle of the family that has been torn apart & their struggle to get help for their injuries & to find each other.The cinematography of the tsunami hitting the resort & the carnage afterward is brutal.The acting is incredible as is shows how far the human spirit is capable of clinging to hope & to life.The smallest kindnesses between strangers who have all lost everything & who don't speak the same language, but recognize the need to reach out in kindness to help preserve the dignity we all deserve is amazing.In a season where so many good movies have shown us what means to be human, what the value is in choosing peace and dignity, I can only hope & pray that we as a people can learn to be kind.
Written August 31, 2014
This movie really makes you think about what the important things in life are. If you're in the mood for a tear-jerker then this is the movie to see. When you are watching it you need to remember it's based on a true story and that makes it even more dramatic.
I would recommend this for anyone.
There were two grown men sitting next to me when I went and they were just as stunned as I during the entire film and sat in silence as the credits rolled.
A must see in my book.
Written October 20, 2014
Terrific movie - the subject was handled in a respectful and humane manner in dedication to the thousands of lives lost during the Indonesian tsunami.
It was great to see so many survivors pulling together to help others, and the ending was touching. Good movie, but be ready to cry a lot
Written November 23, 2014
This was an amazing movie! It grabbed you from the minute the wave hit the resort. Extremely emotional and powerful. If you don't leave that movie with a new appreciation for your wife and children, then you don't have a heart!