Director Juan Antonio Bayona follows up his critically acclaimed feature debut The Orphanage with this drama set during the 2004 Thailand tsunami, detailing one family's incredible fight for survival. Inspired by actual events, The Impossible finds Henry (Ewan McGregor), his wife Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons lounging poolside at a scenic Thailand resort following an eventful Christmas. But just as the family begins to forget their troubles and settle in for a relaxing tropical getaway, one of the worst natural disasters in modern history changes their lives in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, as shock gives way to abject horror, the devoted parents fight to protect their children, encountering scenes of heart-wrenching tragedy and experiencing acts of incredible compassion as the entire country is engulfed in chaos. Tom Hollander and Geraldine Chaplin co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Amazing effects and stunt along with and
solid performances balance out some artistic lapses and ethical questions in this true story of one familyâs experiences of the horrendous Tsunami that killed 300,000. Thereâs something a little off-putting about choosing a white, privileged family as a focus, while at the same time showing almost exclusively other white people as suffering and afraid in a disaster that killed far more local people than tourists. The Thai"s are certainly shown in a good light, kindly helping all these suffering whites, but even in the hospital, almost every face we see in a bed is a white one. That hint of odd racial insensitivity is also underlined by replacing the original family, who were Spanish and dark, and making them into a gorgeous blond English family, a telling choice in a "true" story. On a more general level, the film can feel manipulative, from the tear jerking score, to the multiple âwill they spot each other?â shots.
An interesting story about the 2004 Tsunami (with good camera work I might mention). Naomi Watts does an excellent job as the mother of a family caught in a disaster. The young son who played the lead with Naomi was wonderful. These two actors made this movie and without them, it might have been just another disaster movie. Good overall.