JA BAYONA revisits the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 in this moving drama, based on the true story of one family's experiences. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts play the parents of three boys who have come to Thailand on holiday. Initially concerned about the usual worries of his job, her stalled career and who put the burglar alarm on, the family are soon engaged in the most primitive of all struggles after the wave hits. Bayona's drama tugs unnecessarily hard on the heartstrings at times, but McGregor and Watts play the tale as plainly as possible, and the special effects are fittingly awe-inspiring. The kids are remarkable too, particularly Tom Holland as the eldest son. Not an easy watch at times, but a memorable one.
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