The Impossible - Review

AGAINST THE ODDS The film tells the true story of a family who nearly perished in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami

Say a prayer that The Impossible is the closest that you or I or anyone anywhere will get to the kind of catastrophe that makes this movie so harrowing, riveting — and uneasily ''uplifting.'' The story is based on a true one, about a Spanish family — mother, father, little kids — vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when a cataclysmic earthquake in the Indian Ocean unleashed what is believed to be the single most destructive tsunami in history. Between then and now, under the exquisite care of Spanish director J.A. Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez (who worked together so beautifully five years ago on The Orphanage), the family's impossible-but-true saga has been ethnically morphed into that of a peaches-and-cream British clan, with mother and father Maria and Henry played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and eldest, 13-year-old son Lucas brought to life with truly outstanding gravitas by then-14-year old Tom Holland. In the deadly wall of water that rises up out of the sea and smashes the land (eyewitness accounts confirm that destruction arrived without warning), Maria and Lucas are separated from Henry and the two younger boys. What happens next is hell on earth. Read More...,,20620061,00.html


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