OK, so that headline may not be the greatest, but it’s kind of difficult to whip up something pithy about one of the most devastating natural disasters that mankind has ever seen. 230 000 people lost their lives to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami; a number that’s almost impossible to comprehend. But Spanish production (it’s essentially the same crew that made The Orphanage, from director to editor) The Impossible aims to put a human face on that tragedy, by telling the true story of one family’s ordeal.
I hope you brought tissues.
Based on the true story of one family’s survival of the 2004 tsunami, “The Impossible” stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (“The Orphanage”).
Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
“The Impossible” is the powerful and unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, “The Impossible” is a journey to the core of the human heart.
The film has already seen release in Spain, but Summit Entertainment is finally distributing the English language version to the rest of the world in December (Luckily they had the sense to not release it on Boxing Day, that would just be a bit crass). By all accounts, the film is exactly as the trailer sells it, so if bucket loads of sentimentality and uncensored heart string tugging is not your thing, then you may need to avoid this one.
Last Updated: October 15, 2012