Based on one family’s account of surviving the tsunami that struck south west Asia was so moving. A sterling cast, supported by impressive CGI and a great script made this the event of the month for me.
It’s all too easy to forget the trauma and suffering that people go through when Mother Nature goes on the rampage, particularly when these events are far from our own shores. News events rarely focus on one particular family’s point of view, so this film was a unique way to witness how people have to cope with what life has hit them with.
Ewan McGregor plays Henry Bennett whilst Naomi Watts plays his wife. If movies weren’t so well advertised, I would never have guessed playing around the pool would end up in a battle for survival. When the tsunami hits, it’s like you’re there with this poor family. The charisma between the actors made me instantly care for them, I became worried for them once disaster struck.
Spilt up and far apart, how would they cope? What was going to happen to them? You can only imagine how you would cope if something like this happened. It’s all too easy to assume, yes that’s what I’d do – when in fact you never really know. The tsunami effects were awe inspiring. Water was everywhere and the power it unleashed was devastating.
It was heart wrenching to watch, but I had to keep watching. I had to know what happened to them. This was how I knew I loved the film, it was believable and I was swept inside their world.
The younger members of the cast were brilliant. Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) played the kids. I believe they have good careers ahead of them.
The choice of Ewan McGregor as the lead actor was shrewd. He is never the same in any movie I’ve seen him in. That guy can do anything!
I disagree with some comments that the larger impacts of the tsunami were ignored. One family wouldn’t think about the entire world – and that was this film’s focus. I understood that choice and it doesn’t diminish the film at all.
I think this will be the first film of 2013, to get a well deserved 10/10 from me. Of course my thoughts and prayers go to the real people who actually endured this.
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