Written January 25, 2017
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 January 19, 2017
This movie was amazing.
The special effects were great, the actors both young and old were amazing!
I want to go see it again.
Thank you for a well directed movie
Written June 30, 2013
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Written October 25, 2016
iT WAS OK. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE MORE OF THE SCENERY OF WHAT THE ACTUAL AREA LOOKED LIKE WHEN THE DISASTER OCCURED. I ALSO WISH THERE WAS A FOLLOW UP STORY AT THE END TO TELL US WHAT THE FAMILY HAS DONE IN THE EIGHT YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, ESPECIALLY THE BOY LUCAS
Written January 18, 2017
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)