I cannot put my finger on what was lacking in the film, maybe it was the writing or perhaps the lead performance, I am not certain at all.
Johnathon Rhys Meyers is solid if not spectacular in the lead role, and the supporting cast all do a solid job, even the chinese child actors. The story is set to the backdrop of undeclared war in china. It is a warzone and the main cast are just trying to survive and excape the conflict.
Inspired by true events, I do not know how acurate it is but what research I have done since suggests the events to be accurate if not all the characters. What George hogg does is amazing and deserves the recognition this film gives, however in someways I wonder if the film could have spent more time dealing with the 3 month trek with the children, it is a little rushed in the movie, you may believe it is just a few days until someone actually says it has been three months. I also think the ending seemed a little rushed, that said the running time would have just gone on and on.
Well worth checking out.