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August 15, 2014

Movie Review: The Impossible

Starring: Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts
Directed by:  Juan Antonio Bayona 

BLURB: Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the 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.

REVIEW: The Impossible is based on a true story about the Belon-Alvarez family who while on a family vacation in Thailand had the unthinkable happen when a tsunami strikes and rips apart the family both literally and figuratively (as well as just about everything else in its path).

It was really a harrowing thing to know while watching that this was in fact based on a real life family and their horrible experience that took place in 2004. The family is having a wonderful time enjoying their Christmas holiday and hanging out by the pool when suddenly seeming out of no where and with no warning this enormous wall of water hits and turns everything upside down. The dad Henry (Ewan Mcgregor) and their three young boys were playing in the pool and they are washed away from the mom Maria (Naomi Watts) who was poolside reading when the wave hit. After a short time the mother sees her eldest son being swept along the rushing current of water and swims for all she is worth to him. They fight to stay above the current and try to avoid all the dangers of the massive amounts of both natural and man made debris flowing in the water but Maria’s leg is very badly injured during the onslaught. Meanwhile Henry and the youngest boys are swept away in completely different direction. While all have minor injuries they are alive and Henry is desperate to find his wife and other son. He starts to frantically look everywhere for them but can not move as fast as he would like with the younger children in tow and makes the heart rending decision to send them ahead with another group of survivors to rescue camp in the mountains while he strikes off to find the rest of his family.

Lucas and Maria are finally found by local villagers and Maria is taken to a local hospital where she undergoes emergency surgery to try and save her from her leg and chest wounds.

Can this family survive this horrible tragedy? Will they be reunited and live to tell the tale?

I won’t give all the answers away but I do think you need to know that this one ultimately does have a happy ending. I give away that much because you just might need that knowledge to undertake this one. It is not an easy viewing movie at all it will have you on the edge of your seat at times and cringing as well, especially knowing that real people endured these events that you are watching. In fact the real tsunami that this movie was based off of  and was caused by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean took 230,000 lives across 14 countries. 

While it is hard to watch at times it is all in all a movie about family, triumphing through hardships, and survival that means never giving up even in the face of what seems like insurmountable odds.

The entire cast did a fabulous job in this one. Especially Naomi Watts and Tom Holland who plays Lucas the eldest son he did an absolutely astounding job for one so young. I can see this boy being a big star if his performance in this is any indication of his talents he was amazing. The entire cast I would say earned every penny that they made because this one could not have been an easy one to make with all they had to go through to film the tsunami sequences and the hours they spent in the water to film the aftermath as well.

I do recommend this one but it’s not for everyone. But if you go into knowing that it does indeed have a happy ending ultimately you should be fine and come out of it feeling a sense of triumph and hope.

This one is rated PG-13 due to intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing
injury images and brief nudity

Just sweet kisses between the husband and wife. 

Here is family in the movie

And this is a photo of the real life family that the movie was based on taken in 2012


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