Written January 31, 2015
If you want a movie that will cause you to reflect on your priorities in life and to want to embrace your family and never let go, then this is the film for you. I have never cried so hard in a movie before, actually wailing out loud, almost uncontrollably. While the movie was difficult to watch, the tears came from a place of love and gratitude and compassion that caused me to feel fully human and alive, touching me to the core, especially as a mother, and it felt wonderful to realize how deep the ties that bind us can be, as a domestic family, and as a human family. I must admit I had to turn my head 2 or 3 times at the more disturbing or graphic scenes, but there was enough warning that they were coming that I was able to close my eyes before I saw too much. I think the movie, while focusing on the hope of this particular family, also fairly represented the destruction and life-shattering affects on the citizens of Thailand, & opened my eyes to the needs of the rest of the world.
Written January 03, 2013
I went to see this film yesterday. I had see the advert before and fancied going to see it.
The film was amazing. I am actually speechless, i cried and was really engaged with the film. There were many hard hitting scenes that really make you think. I think it was really powerful.
I left the cinema feeling really emotional, it was a weird feeling but the film really impacted on me.
I am not ashamed to say i cried in the cinema, it broke my heart and i think its a film that will stick with me for a long time.
The actors really played the parts well and think the story came across well.
I suggest that you go and see it if you are up for a journey of emotion.
Written January 10, 2013
This movie is very powerful. Not for the squeemish. I had to shut my eyes and try not to listen a few times but I am glad I went. Lucas is the star, in my opinion.
Written February 27, 2015
The real tsunami at the heart of this movie was brutal, and it's fascinating and scary to think about what it would have been like to have been swept away by it. The sense of anxiety, fear, hopelessness, frustration. It must have been truly horrific.
But somehow I came away from this feeling empty. The family at the center of the movie certainly went through a hellish few days. But the truth is that once they had survived the initial events, it was inevitable they would find each other. So the drama was sort of "sucked out" of this movie once you knew they all survived the first couple of days. Somehow, the anguish and anxiety they suffered felt almost trivial next to what was happening to the families around them, who had lost everything and everyone.
Written August 02, 2015
This is one of, if not the, best movie I've seen this year. That's really saying something, because I go to a lot of movies. Do yourself a favor and go!