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.
Written November 27, 2015
Hard to watch, especially with the acknowledgement that this tidal wave was very, very real and killed 250,000. That said, the acting was first rate and the story inspiring. Will definitely leave a mark.
Written October 10, 2015
Tragic story- but important depiction of what a family experienced. Naomi's performance is amazing. Direction/screenplay & the reenactment of the tsunami is terrifying to watch, but the best of all that has been produced.
Ewan McGregor never fails to bring his best and the kids in this movie are completely amazing little actors. This movie is exhausting to watch, but should not be missed. This is one film that you should see in the theatre! Don't wait for it to be release to DVD/Cable.
The special effects are amazing. I can't imagine how difficult it was to film.
I hope that Naomi and the young cast receive special recognition for their hard work to shoot this film.
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!
Written November 30, 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.