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The Light Between Oceans

 

 

SCORE: 69

The Light Between Oceans 

 

I am thankful Family Friendly Gaming was given a copy of The Light Between Oceans on Blu-ray + Digital HD. I will have spoilers concerning this movie throughout the review. The only way I can explain what is going on in The Light Between Oceans is to categorize what happened. That is start to finish. The Light Between Oceans is one of those movies that is a journey without much of a destination.

Micheal Fassbender plays Tom Sherbourne. It is the year of our Lord 1918 and he has come back from World War I. Also known as the Great War. He takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on a small island off the coast of Australia. He has seen enough death, and is numb. He wants to be alone and he wants to think. He meets Isabel (played by Alicia Vikander). She is full of life and hope. She warms his frozen heart and the two get married.

Things are good for the couple in The Light Between Oceans for a time. She gets pregnant and loses the baby early. This happens a second time. Her despair and feeling like a failure is very understandable. We women understand how it is easy to measure our success on being able to have children. Those of us who have had children can feel for the women not able to.

This is where The Light Between Oceans takes an interesting turn. A boat with a dead man and an alive baby shows up. The couple conspires to keep the baby for themselves and not notify the authorities they found a child. They never let the main town and the main land know about the loss of the second baby. Rachel Weisz plays the grieving mother and wife of the dead man and the baby. It is assumed they drowned at sea.

Tom Sherbourne is torn between keeping his wife happy and her secret, and telling the truth. He leaves notes and hints that eventually lead to his arrest. He tries to protect his wife from prosecution by claiming it was all him. He is ready to die for all he has seen and done in the Great War. Eventually his wife tells the truth as well. Finally the widow and real mother shows the couple mercy.

There is content in The Light Between Oceans families need to be notified about. There is lack of attire, enticement to lust, sexual situations, depression, grief, loss, and more. The pacing in The Light Between Oceans is painfully slow. There are interesting concepts like what do you call a parent who loses a child? What do you call a sibling that loses a sister or brother? A woman who loses a husband is a widow. A man that loses his wife is a widower. We have names for some but not for others.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 65%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Blu-ray
Publisher: Dreamworks Pictures
Developer: Participant Media
Rating: ‘PG-13’ - Parents Strongly Cautioned {for thematic material and some sexual content}
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