In late 2004 one of the most infamous natural disasters occurred, the Tsunami in Thailand. So we can always expect Hollywood to turn this tragic event into a movie. ‘The Impossible’ (Juan Antonio Bayona 2012) took on that challenge and created one of the most heartfelt movies I have ever watched.
When a British family travel to Thailand over Christmas holiday they are unfortunately in the swimming pool of their resort that happens to be located right in front of the ocean. This results in the family being washed away, crushed and separated from each other. 1000 of Thai people had a fantastic story so they based the film on one British family but us Westerners can relate more if it’s about one of us. It’s a lot like Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) an event that caused 100 of stories so they decided to make one up. But when they have stars such as Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor we can’t really complain.
The first half of the film follows the mother aka. Naomi Watts and her eldest son, they walk through the water and debris with the most disgusting looking leg injury I have seen outside of a horror film. This is a film not for the faint of heart. I can sit and watch any Saw film without really flinching but some of the cuts, bumps and bruises in this film caused a few shrieks from me. We witness the two fight for survival and save the lives of other traumatised holiday goers. When Naomi is out of commission her eldest spends his time attempting to reunite families and if you don’t think that is truly awe inspiring … just … you don’t have a heart.
We then get the dad aka. Ewan and the two youngest who attempt to look for the remainder of their family… but who wouldn’t try and look for their family! We see them loose hope and see me cry into my jar of Nutella. Unfortunately, he gets separated from his two little children … Basically everyone is separated and it’s heart breaking.
The directing style, use of sound and acting skills brings the horrific story into the real world, whilst slowly breaking both the characters and the audience. It is however (apart from The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson 2009) the only film that I have cried both happy and sad tears. It is definitely an emotional film.
How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.
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