Way better than I dared to hope!
The plot takes its time to brew; we get to know the characters and the situation, slowly, and by the time the real action begins, you're actually familiar enough with everyone to feel sorry for them.
The special effects were not the best. It's funny how bad they were at places, while sometimes they were actually quite good. That doesn't really matter in this movie, because it gets the message across beautifully and within reason.
This film is more than just what its covers shows; it's a story of survival, or political game and interesting stories that you might not think would be involved. People come together at the hardest of time, and when going gets tough... some of them get tougher. No super-heroics here, though.
Interesting movie that didn't feel too long and was never too boring to keep watching.