In light of recent floods happening at the moment in Queensland, this film will most definitely have you in awe of Mother Nature's almighty wrath and how wonderfully versatile and strong the human spirit truly is.
The film focuses on an English family on holiday in Thailand and the incredible journey they and, millions more face, when their family holiday rapidly turns to horror. They become a part of one of the biggest tragedies the modern world has experienced - the Boxing Day Tsunami.
The initial scene of the tsunami, as it sweeps the coast and obliterates everything in its path is very confronting and happens in minutes, much like the real thing.
The movies main characters, Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts are amazing as parents that head a family of three boys and the struggles they endure as they're separated by the disaster and the journey the take on to reunite their family.
This film is gritty and eye opening in the fact that it shows a sad but true insight into how many people lost their lives on that tragic day yet, in the same light, it shows the strength of people as individuals and how much can be accomplished when we band together.
Soul shaking and heart breaking, this movie is aptly named. It was 'impossible' for myself and many others in the movie theatre, to leave with dry eyes.
Excellent movie. Despite seeing all the news footage at the time, this film was what really made me understand the enormity of the event, with its human face in the form of the family. Very sobering but so worth seeing, even if just to understand what so many people went through.
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Susan (Gold Coast writer)