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The Impossible (2012)

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Critic Consensus: The screenplay isn't quite as powerful as the direction or the acting, but with such an astonishing real-life story at its center, The Impossible is never less than compelling.

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Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

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Cast

Geraldine Chaplin
as Elderly Woman
Ploy Jindachot
as Caregiver
Ploy Jindachote
as Caregiver
Jomjai Sae-limh "Maew"
as Red Cross Nurse
Jan Sundberg
as Daniel's Father
La-Orng Thongruang
as Old Thai Man
Tor Klathaley
as Young Thai Man
Douglas Johansson
as Mr. Benstrom
Emilio Riccardi
as Morten Benstrom
Vorarat Jutakeo
as Doctor in Stockroom
Karun Konsaman
as Young Nurse in Stockroom
Nicola Harrison
as Woman in Charge of Simon and Thomas
John Albasiny
as Oliver Tudpole
Gitte Witt
as Norwegian Patient
Bruce Blain
as American Tourist
Cecilia Arnold
as American Tourist's Wife
Peter Tuinstra
as American Tourist on Orchid Roof
Esther Davis
as Volunteer in Children's Tent
Dominic Power
as Tourist Near the Orchid
Sarinrat Thomas "Jia"
as Operating Nurse
Keerati Sivakuae "Oak"
as Orchid Male Employee
Vipavee Charoenpura
as Woman in Childen's Minibus
Laura Power
as Young Nurse in Airplane
Kovit Wattanakul
as Henry's Pick-up Driver
Zoe Popham
as Tourist in Henry's Pick-up
Danny Toeng Danny
as Tourist in Henry's Pick-up
Ronnie Eide
as Tourist in Henry's Pick-up
Bonnie Jo Hutchinson
as Tourist at Bus Station
Jean-Loup Pilblad
as Loup Pilblad-Tourist at Bus Station
Franky Gun
as Tourist at Bus Station
Giovani Agresti
as Tourist Looking for Francesca
Georgina Baert
as Woman Looking for Relative
David Bruce
as Man Looking for Relatives
Natalia Lorence
as Woman Looking for Relatives
Sverre Golten
as Man Looking for Relatives
Clare Louise Plunkett
as Woman Looking for Relatives
Pisamai Pakdeevijit
as Member of Thai Family in Stockroom
Aratchaporn Satead
as Member of Thai Family in Stockroom
Jakapong Srichaem
as Member of Thai Family in Stockroom
Simon Blyberg
as Ferdinand
Namfon Pakdee
as Orchid Female Employee
Georgina Winters
as Patient in Takua Pa Hospital
Dina Kiseleva
as Patient in Takua Pa Hospital
Tan Daniel Demir
as Patient in Takua Pa Hospital
Takashi Hasegawa
as Japanese Tourist
Kristen Mandel
as Redheaded Woman
Sam Holland
as Kid in the Tent
Harry Holland
as Kid in the Tent
Mara Garcia Garcia
as Kid in the Car
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Critic Reviews for The Impossible

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (46)

Alas, the movie tells a rather commonplace story.

January 28, 2013

The tsunami sequence is amazing, right up there with the one Clint Eastwood staged in Hereafter.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This is an unforgettable tribute to the determination of a very special family.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unlike some films that have become critics' darlings, 'The Impossible' has no pretensions. It isn't edgy and I don't think it has a hidden subtext.

January 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Naomi Watts gives one of her finest, most physically commanding turns.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Although it's ostensibly based on true events, The Impossible is not so much an inspiring tale of survival as it is an action flick.

January 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Impossible

A tsunami in Asia at first tears a family apart and then brings them together. Good acting (particularly by Naomi Watts and Tom Holland), subtle direction, decent writing, and the added tension that being in a foreign land might bring during a huge crisis, and yet ... it was hard for me to involve myself in this tale.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

With wonderful acting, "The Impossible" tells a captivating true story in which survival impulses, society, family ties and human kindness all shine and inspire. This is a very well done film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

I was perhaps not very emotionally attached to the characters in this one, but it is undeniable that the performances are brilliant all around.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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