Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2013
I really liked the movie and almost gave it a 5 star rating as I felt the story, the drama it portrayed and the acting (not counting the awful performance of one, lone Caucasian actor who briefly appears near the end) deserved it. However, in an effort to rate objectively, I settled for 4 stars because it ran somewhat slow and those who want more action or suspense (beyond the actual earthquake scenes) would be disappointed. I feel a 5 star rating should be reserved for movies that successfully incorporate those elements as well. That having been said, I do highly recommend it. I enjoyed it not only for it's aforementioned merits but also for its glimpse of life within communist China that showed how dramatically lives began changing during the country's move into the 21st century, and how universal the nature of grief and the way human beings react to loss is so movingly portrayed. On those accounts, it's a movie I personally will not soon forget.