The Impossible

The Impossible

The Impossible

Intense natural disaster drama starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, based on the true story of one family’s harrowing experience when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck Thailand on Boxing Day 2004. The giant wave ultimately claimed 230,000 lives. From the director of The Orphanage.

Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in tropical Thailand. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying tsunami hits without warning. The film then chronicles the aftermath, as Maria - badly injured - and her oldest son (Tom Holland) search for help and the rest of their family.

2012Rating: M, for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity113 minsSpain
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The Impossible / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The most harrowing disaster movie in many a moon.

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Total Film

Total Film

Harrowing conviction hammered home even harder by the spot-on casting.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

There is a troubling complacency and a lack of compassion... less an examination of mass destruction than the tale of a spoiled holiday.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Not especially complex, and not subtle, but there is judgment and intelligence in the simple idea of survival being the most agonising thing, and making survivor guilt the psychological aftershock of a shattering and irreparable blow.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Here is a searing film of human tragedy.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It is the kind of ode to the human spirit that you hope comes along, and not just during the holiday season.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Kind of offensive when you think about it.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A tremendously realistic disaster movie has an intense emotional payoff.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This rousing, superbly acted, no-holds-barred melodrama is a mighty feat of physical filmmaking.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Confirms that Bayona is a major talent, with a skill for constructing sequences that build tension as masterfully as Steven Spielberg did in his '70s heyday.

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