Written January 31, 2015
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 September 30, 2014
Since this was a true story and you know what's going to happen, you brace yourself from the start..just waiting. Once the waves roll in and the family drama begins you are breathless. Incredible acting from the entire cast. The kids are so moving. You feel everyone's pain. You really need a big cocktail after just to calm your nerves...a must to see!
Written October 25, 2014
Knowing the outcome of this difficult to watch movie made it much more doable. Tragic true survival story. Well acted--the boys were great. How can Naomi Watts look good even while dripping with blood?
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.