Written July 26, 2014
The ultimate survival. A truly miraculous recovery from the depths of oblivion. The most inspiring true life story to the silver screen that could possibly be.
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 July 06, 2013
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Written January 21, 2013
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 January 07, 2013
In the end it's a feel-good movie. Interesting that the trailer didn't try to hide the facts about this movie - who dies, who lives, does the family all survive thing. And I kind of like that. You know you're going to see an experience and a lot of drama, and that's ok.
Naomi Watts is incredible as the mom of this inspiring family, the physical pain and trials she goes through will make you wince and cheer for her at the same time.
The kids are precious, make you smile, and wonder at how fast some children have to grow up in sometimes just a matter of days.
Ewan McGregor, as usual, delivers a good performance as the father who'll stop at nothing to reunite his family.
The other families and people encountered along the way are fascinating, I found myself thinking about these characters/people even hours after the movie ended.
Go see this film!