The Impossible, helmed by The Orphanage director J.A. Bayona, tells the mostly true story of one family's traumatic experience during the devastating 2004 tsunami that devoured the western coast of Thailand.
The premise is deceptively simple. At the start of the film, we're introduced to a vacationing family -- father Henry (Ewan McGregor), mother Maria (Naomi Watts) and sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin) -- who arrive in Thailand for a tropical Christmas getaway. However, on the morning of December 26th, they are swept away into a mammoth tidal wave that sends them into the heart of disaster. Now separated, Henry, Maria and their boys must find their way to safety along with the tens of thousands of others caught in the middle of this deadly tragedy.