Written May 25, 2016
This movie is extremely well made. You actually feel/believe that you are there with this family and go through all the horrifying experiences they went through. You can feel yourself experiencing the terror of that Tsunami. It is gut retching at times.
The cast is superb and do the experience justice. This is a must see... you will plead with a higher power to never ever be near anything like this when you are done watching this movie. Very much Oscar worthy.
Written April 30, 2016
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 May 05, 2016
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 26, 2016
I love movies that you can really sink your teeth in. This is not one of those. Very good effects, acting, editing, cinematography.......but it is a movie of survival, and it gets to be pretty disturbing.....I didn't see much entertainment element to it, but many disturbing images.
Written December 11, 2016
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!