Within the first 15 mins of the film, hell is unleashed as the Tsunami occurs and the resort is washed away. The family is torn apart and there is shaky cam aplenty as the audience experience the disorientating, scary feeling experienced by those in the water. Naomi Watts tends to do passably with her roles, but here I feel that the praise should go to the child actors involved, especially Tom Holland (he played the role of Lucas Bennett) who showed maturity beyond his years in the role which he played.
The scenery is brought to life vividly – I believe many of the scenes were shot in the original locations. Such scenes as the hospital scene when Lucas tries to reunite survivors – it really grabs you by the throat. I just know this is more than the bogstandard film about a disaster. One thing is for sure, though. Disaster films involving families seem to sell well. I hated it how some reviewers called this a movie about white superiority over the Thai victims. To be honest, if the coin was on the other side (looking at a Thai family’s experience of the Tsunami) I am sure there would still be an uproar. There is no pleasing everyone, and I think this is what put me off watching the film in the first place.
Ewan McGregor was fantastic, too. The pain he was clearly experiencing in having to face the possibility of never seeing his wife and children again was palpable. But, lets face it, movie audiences can be manipulated incredibly easily.
MY RATING: *** / *****