Director: Juan Antonio Bayona. Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Geraldine Chaplin. 114 min. Rated PG-13. Spain. Thriller/Drama.
A family of five gets caught in the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami during their pleasant Christmas vacation. I found this movie a well-choreographed dishonest, distasteful, selfish tearjerker, manipulating the viewer's emotions and manufacturing numerous moments of fake suspense. Anything I say to prove my claim would spoil the story for those who haven't seen it. Okay, how's this for a hint: it's based on a Spanish family's true story, but in the movie, they've been switched to a British family. You can start from there.
PS #1: It got an 80% rating on the Tomatometer, and Ebert gave it four stars. So what?
PS #2: You can also watch the trailer, which heroically gives away the ending.