Tom (Michael Fassbender) is a World War I veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander), a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom thinks they should notify the authorities but ultimately gives in to Isabel’s wish to keep the girl. Fate strikes again when the couple meet the child’s biological mother (Rachel Weisz ) on the mainland. Now, Tom and Isabel must make a decision that will forever affect the lives of four people.
I had never heard of the novel that this film was based on nor the movie itself and to be honest sometimes that’s for the best. When moments like that happen you get to fully experience the film for what it is. It truly is a film that involves a rollercoaster of emotions that goes from one dip to another. As a parent I can understand the heartbreak that each party experiences. I would be distraught to know that my baby was lost at sea and never found. On the other hand I can also somewhat understand why Tom and Isabel did what they did but in the end it was all about doing the right thing and it’s something they should’ve done from the start. As you can tell the plot is one that will pull at any parent (or anyone that can be empathetic) and bring out all sorts of thoughts. Fassbender, Vikander and Weisz all put on fantastic performances that showcase how great they are at their craft and it shows how actors with so much experience can make a heartbreaking story seem so hopeful when it’s all said and done. If you’re looking a movie to twist your feelings around then this will be one that you’re going to be wanting to watch. Don’t say i didn’t warn you though. 7/10
Bringing The Light to Life – This is the usual Behind The Scenes feature that looks at the cast, location, story and more.
Lighthouse Keeper – The feature focuses on the production finding the perfect location for the film.