The Impossible

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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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In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.

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Sönke Möhring
Karl
Belén Atienza
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Álvaro Augustin
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Enrique López Lavigne
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Sandra Hermida
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Javier Ugarte
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Oscar Faura
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  • Jul 26, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2015
    Amazing story of how family can overcome even the most impossible of situations. It's even more amazing that this was a true story.
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  • Jul 19, 2014
    Straightforward real-life account of a family of five torn apart by the devastating tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004 and their efforts to find each other amidst the carnage and chaos of the aftermath. Ewan McGregor makes us feel his desperation as the father while Naomi Watts is a reality anchor in a bravely unflattering exhibition. Visually & emotionally raw, this is all about putting the viewer in the midst of a convincing catastrophe with only the following metaphorical conversation breaking from the gritty realism to explain the film's title. <i>"Some of those stars have burned out a long, long time ago. Did you know that?" "They're dead, aren't they?" "They're dead. But, they were once so bright that their light is still traveling through space and we can still see them." "How can you tell which ones are dead and which ones are not?" "Oh, you can't. It's impossible. It's a beautiful mystery, isn't it?"</i>
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer

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