Shooting dates: 10th October to 24th December 2011 in Toronto, Canada
Director: Paul Ws Anderson
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No film can hope to capture the entire disaster, but Abi Morgan's teleplay and Bharat Nalluri's direction provide a palpable sense of the human misery. The miniseries traces the lives of about a half-dozen individuals in the days after the tsunami. Despite obvious and admirable efforts to replicate the devastation, confusion, desperation and bitterness, you still get the feeling that this production has been sanitized for your protection. Nalluri directs the camera away from most of the ugliness of decaying corpses and gaping wounds and simply can't convey the terrific stench.
Urgent but mundane needs for food, water, clothing and sanitary facilities get short shrift compared to the more theatrical drama of searching for a lost child or discovering that predictions of such an event made years earlier had been ignored. In fact, Morgan designates only a few of his fictional characters to represent the hundreds of thousands of tourists and natives who bore the brunt of the suffering. The rest are journalists, aid workers, government officials and resort executives.
The story given the most attention is that of vacationers Ian Carter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his wife, Susie (Sophie Okonedo). When the tsunami strikes, she's in scuba gear and completely oblivious. He's ashore with no time to escape. When the wave hits, he clings to their 6-year-old daughter but can't hold on. He sees her grab high on a palm tree and can only hope she saved herself.
Gina McKee plays another vacationer, Kim Peabody, who loses her husband and then fights British bureaucracy to get an injured son evacuated to the U.K. Representing the native population is Than (Samrit Machielsen), a Thai waiter whose entire small village is destroyed and whose family perishes.
To provide more perspectives, journalist Nick Fraser (Tim Roth) uncovers several scandals, including plans by resorts to rebuild along fault lines, adding to their properties the land that had belonged to the villagers. That should evoke anger, but compared to the pain and loss of the survivors, it seems like more of a distraction.
The first half of the miniseries plods a bit, weighted down with scenes depicting the impact of the disaster. The second night is more gripping and filled with memorable confrontations and conflicts. Performances are uniformly excellent, particularly those by Ejiofor and Okonedo. The film was shot on location in Bangkok and the formerly ravaged areas of Phuket and Khao Lak in Thailand, lending even greater authenticity to the production design.
TSUNAMI: THE AFTERMATH
Kudos in association with HBO Films and the BBC
Executive producers: Jane Featherstone, Derek Wax, Abi Morgan
Producer: Finola Dwyer
Director: Bharat Nalluri
Teleplay: Abi Morgan
Director of photography: John de Borman
Production designer: Richard Bridgland
Editor: Barney Pilling
Music: Alex Heffes
Set designer: Peter Walpole
Casting: Suzanne Crowley, Gilly Poole, Christine King
Nick Fraser: Tim Roth
Ian Carter: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Susie Carter: Sophie Okonedo
Tony Whittaker: Hugh Bonneville
Kim Peabody: Gina McKee
Than: Samrit Machielsen
Kathy Graham: Toni Collette
Ellen Webb: Kate Ashfield
Chai: Will Yun Lee
Pravat Meeko: Grirggiat Punpiputt
Firing up the engines for "Episode I: The Phantom Menace" in two months, distributor Fox won't fare well with this hopelessly derivative, second-rate sci-fi actioner. Hot off "She's All That", Prinze is out of his element in director Chris Roberts' naval warfare-inspired adventure. The cast is at sea with wooden dialogue, and the widescreen voyage is often laugh-out-loud ridiculous.
Filmed in Luxembourg and based on Roberts' computer game series, "Wing" is a blatant rip-off of World War II movies and sci-fi TV shows: Space fighters are essentially dive-bombers, big warships with torpedoes, cloaking devices, shields and unceasing military bluster. Available women fight alongside and outpilot randy guys, but most of the usual cliches are adhered to.
Destined to save the day, proving more than once that he can freestyle navigate better than a computer, young Blair (Prinze) and his buddy Maniac (Matthew Lillard) join merchant ship captain Paladin (Tcheky Karyo) on the Tiger Claw, a future flattop with a dour, Pilgrim-hating captain (Jurgen Prochnow).
Maniac pairs with flygirl Rosie (Ginny Holder) in the film's only engaging subplot. Blair gets off to a bad start with Angel (Burrows) and keeps getting in trouble. With a famous father who married a Pilgrim, Blair is a pariah and antagonizes some of the Tiger Claw's fighters.
Much time is spent on this Pilgrim problem and the halfheartedly developed theme of faith vs. scientific fact, which is the boilerplate of space operas such as "Star Wars" and every other episode of "Star Trek" and its offshoots.
Unfortunately, Prinze shoots blanks as the reluctant savior of humanity. There are few sparks between him and Burrows ("Celebrity"), and he's no match for Karyo ("GoldenEye") as Blair's mentor in the Pilgrim ways.
From scenes evoking the wounded pilot crash-landing his plane to the submarine hiding from depth charges, "Wing" doesn't know when to quit and even has Karyo calling a "broadside" in the final clash of spaceships in the vicinity of Earth. The bulky, grumbling aliens are indeed ruthless but seen only in glimpses until called upon to die in mass quantities.
Prochnow, David Suchet and David Warner add firepower to the forces of good, but the movie is only partially salvaged by mildly arousing special effects sequences of dogfights and full-scale battles.
20th Century Fox
No Prisoner Prods. and Digital Anvil
in association with Origin Systems and
the Carousel Picture Co.
Director: Chris Roberts
Screenwriter: Kevin Droney
Producer: Todd Moyer
Executive producers: Joseph, N. Cohen, Jean-Martial LeFranc, Romain Schroeder
Director of photography: Thierry Arbogast
Production designer: Peter Lamont
Editor: Peter Davies
Costume designer: Magali Guidasci
Music: Kevin Kiner, David Arnold
Visual effects supervisor: Chris Brown
Casting: Suzanne Crowley, Gilly Poole
Blair: Freddie Prinze Jr.
Deveraux: Saffron Burrows
Maniac: Matthew Lillard
Paladin: Tcheky Karyo
Rosie: Ginny Holder
Gerald: Jurgen Prochnow
Sansky: David Suchet
Tolwyn: David Warner
Running time -- 100 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13
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