A disaster movie that focuses on ordinary, complex characters without computerized effects
miniatures were used and these were wise choices because there is an immediacy that made me feel like I was turned to stone while watching the first wave hit. What’s the best response? Stand, sit, jump in the resort swimming pool, or freeze?
|The Family Celebrating Christmas Eve|
|Ewan McGregor and Two of the Sons|
|Tom Holland as the Eldest Son|
There are two amazing elements about the movie. The first is what an unbelievably competent job the Thai people did in addressing the disaster and caring for the victims. (Our response to Katrina looks even more amateurish in retrospect). The two American characters behave with consummate selfishness. The other sequence where I held my breath was when we saw just what the mother went through from the moment the wave hit until she was able to surface. That she survived was a miracle, but among many others when everything about those days is examined.