January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film # of the 49.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this by accident a few months after it came out and the images have been etched into my brain ever since because it is so powerful on both a visual and emotional level.
“You’re so bossy.” – Maria Bennett
“I wonder who I take after.” – Lucas Bennett
Number of Times Seen – 5 (7 Jan 2013, 14 May 2015, 29 Aug 2019, 25 Aug 2020 and 3 Jan 2022)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A family vacationing in the far East get separated from one another fearing the worse after a massive Tsunami hits the hotel they are in.
My Take on it – Such an amazingly powerful true story that resonates so well long after it ends.
Naomi Watts is superb in the lead role as a woman trying to find a way to survive and find her family after disaster strikes.
The film is amazing visually and shows the kind of devastation that this tsunami caused.
They find a way to keep things localized and powerful throughout and that helps make things even more poignant to watch.
Tom Holland stands out in one of his first roles as Watts’ son who does all he can to help his injured mother and others who are seeking their loved ones following this terrible natural disaster.
I am always amazes how certain scenes in this film are so powerful and bring me to tears of joy every time that I’ve seen this film because they are presented in such a strong and powerful way throughout.
The message of the film is amazing and allows for the viewer to get a look at what is truly important in life after such a disaster strikes in the most unlikely way.
The fact that this is based on a real story blows my mind every time.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Naomi Watts, the producers of the film heard an interview on Spanish radio where the family told their story of surviving the Tsunami and decided to make a film based on it. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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