Both the film itself and the filmmakers have taken pains to say that this is a "true story," and they have aimed for the greatest possible authenticity in the circumstances.They have based themselves on detailed interviews with the family members and with other survivors, some of whom actually appear in the film.How do you frame such a catastrophe in human terms, and present a situation of pure chaos in a way that makes a compelling story?How do you tell such a tale in a way that respects both the lost and the survivors, many of whom suffered personal tragedies as well, and more of whom bore the guilt of survival?How can you tell the story of what happened almost simultaneously in Indonesia and India, Myanmar and Malaysia, and eventually affected even the African coast. He focuses on the few, hoping that through them audiences will better understand the tale of the many.
Nor can a story set in just one location ever capture just how wide-ranging were the tsunami's effects.
A regular family - Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan Mc Gregor) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists.
A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar.
The only credits that appear at the beginning are the production companies' logos and an explanation of how the Tsunami came about.
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