Movie Review: The Impossible really happened

January 7th, 2013 at 6:34 pm by under Uncategorized

Click HERE to watch the trailer for The Impossible.

The Impossible is a film inspired by the real story of a family on holiday in Thailand when the 2004 Tsunami struck.  Ewan McGregor is Henry and Naomi Watts is Maria, the mom and dad who are enjoying a day at the beach side pool on Christmas vacation with their three boys when the unimaginable happens.

The Tsunami hits and twists and turns the family in all directions.  What remains of the movie is spent in the heart-wrenching story of the family trying to find each other and coming to grips with the fact that the others probably didn’t survive.

And by the way — I can’t say “heart-wrenching” enough times in describing how the film plays out.  It is a dramatic and overwhelming predicament to imagine on screen, but for the movie-goer what lies just beneath reality is that this really did happen to a family, many families.

McGregor, Watts along with the sons played by Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast and Samuel Joslin all deliver spellbinding performances. If Watts is forgotten in awards nominations it is unforgivable.

I anguish over writing the happenings of the film so as not to spoil it.  Suffice it to say that Director Juan Antonio Bayona and writer Sergio G. Sanchez deliver an amazingly true depiction of how one family’s bond defies plausibility and leaves you wanting to hug your own family immediately.


Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences including disturbing injury images and brief nudity.

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