Written January 10, 2013
This movie is very powerful. Not for the squeemish. I had to shut my eyes and try not to listen a few times but I am glad I went. Lucas is the star, in my opinion.
Written March 16, 2013
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 January 12, 2013
This is a frightening film. It's attention to the detail of the devastation and re-creation of the terror of the tsunami are disturbing. It reminded me that our lives hang by a thread at all times, whether we are on a beach in Thailand or a cinema in Colorado or hovel in Haiti. We take our lives and the presence of our loved ones for granted.
Written January 06, 2013
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.
Written September 28, 2013
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.