The Impossible: Movie Review
Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts), her husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Tomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) are on holiday over Christmas at a tropical paradise resort in Khao Lak, Thailand. However, on December 26, 2004, an enormous tsunami hits the island paradise and destroys the coastal zone - including their hotel. The family is swept up in the flood as Maria and Lucas are separated from Henry, Tomas and Simon. Both groups start a journey of survival, hope and reunion against all odds.
Some may say that "The Impossible" threads on old ground and one that has been countlessly taken up through the years. True but what "The Impossible" does is take this common theme and present it in an uber-realistic manner. This is probably the rare few times where the moniker "Based on a true story" holds weight. It does help that the presentation and the visual effects were astonishing to say the least. From the destructive power of the tsunami and being in one, took our breath away and one that has to be seen first hand. The outstanding acting from the leads especially Naomi Watts round out a package that is simply perfect. Ultimately, what draws you in is the raw human experience "The Impossible" undeniably has and puts forth to the viewer. It is one we do not want to experience ever in our lives and yet, one that we can universally relate to. This is this film's magic and the reason why "The Impossible" is one remarkable movie.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- production, presentation and visual effects brings forth a raw experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami to the big screen
- acting by the leads were simply astonishing
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some may find the theme of surviving all odds done too many times in the past
Labels 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, disaster, drama, Ewan McGregor, Lo impossible, Maria Belon, movie review, Naomi Watts, Oaklee Pendergast, Samuel Joslin, The Impossible, Tom Holland