I’ve just watched this movie.
It’s been a long time since I last watched a movie so intently. Without falling asleep or wishing that the movie could move faster.
It’s also a long time since I last watched a movie where I cried and cried 😦 . So if you are going to watch this movie, don’t forget to bring tons of tissues.
The version that is available in cinema here is not in 3D, but I think it is better for you to watch it in 2D. There’s really not a lot of effects that I can think that you need to watch it in 3D. It’s more a human movie than an f/x movie.
The story is quite good, IMO. After watching this movie, I think I can start to understand how devastating an earthquake can be and its effect on those who survives. Call me “heartless”, but I never really experienced an earthquake (tremors, yes but not the actual one!) so I wouldn’t feel what an experienced person would feel in reality. This movie managed to change my perception. It is very hard to watch the earthquake scenes. Yes, I knew those scenes were CGIs but somehow, I kind of “feel” it…
The acting is good too, especially Zhang Jing Chu (who played the grown-up girl above) and Fan Xu (the mom who had to make the choice). I think Director Feng managed to convey the 2 sides of the effect of that choice that the mom had to make. Probably the only thing I want to complain is the actor who played the husband of Zhang Jing Chu’s character. Not really fit in there (as in the acting) >< .
Psssst… I didnt watch it in cinema – 😦 sorry, I thought the film is not released here yet and Im too impatient to wait. Then I checked cinema.com.my and found out that this movie has just started screening here! O_O … so don’t be like me, watch it in the cinema, if you can.
I dont think I can re-watched this movie because it’s almost gave me the same feeling that I had when I watched Grave of the Fireflies. Fireflies is even a sadder movie than this, though. At least, this movie provides some sort of closure…