The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

It is im­pos­si­ble to do this movie star­ring Aus­tralia’s Naomi Watts jus­tice. It is based on the true ac­count of a fam­ily on hol­i­day in Thai­land on Boxing Day in 2004 when the tsunami, which claimed more than 200,000 lives world­wide, hit. While the mere idea of mak­ing en­ter­tain­ment from such a disas­ter ini­tially seems in bad taste, it is done with sen­si­tiv­ity and not as your typ­i­cal Hol­ly­wood disas­ter block­buster with all the glo­ri­fied hero­ics and bat­tlea­gainst-the-odds takes that ap­proach usu­ally en­tails. The story of one fam­ily makes it pos­si­ble to un­der­stand, if only in part, the over­whelm­ing hor­ror or the tragedy. And it is im­pos­si­ble for weeks af­ter­wards to look at the ocean with­out a shud­der of fear. ★★★★ Ex­tras: Com­men­tary, two fea­turettes and deleted scenes. ★★✩

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