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April 19, 2018
Incredible Tear Jerker. I still have trouble believing this happened in real life.
½ April 14, 2018
superficial direction but mcgregor and watts give it their best. tom holland's acting is initially wooden but improves throughout. the fantastically filmed, and devastating, tsunami sequence is the highlight. simple, slightly predictable film.
March 29, 2018
The script isn't quite the best thing you've ever seen but when you take into consideration that the movie is based on a true story, this movie is nothing less than almost heartbreaking. Some great acting from McGregor and Watts, you can tell that the tsunami was devastating and that they wouldn't stop until they found each other. All of which leads to a ending that nearly had me in tears. The Impossible is possible as this movie shows.
½ February 7, 2018
Emotionally gut-wrenching while also artistically elevating, this true disaster story fires on all cylinders thanks to its dedicated cast, unique direction, and an astounding flood sequence.
December 13, 2017
Memorable not so much for its action or effects (though both are gripping and intense) but for its humanity. The only thing lacking is extending that humanity outward enough to encompass the full scale of the vast majority of the victims of this tragedy, who were not well-to-do caucasian tourists, but the natives of the Indian Ocean basin and nearby regions. All those floating corpses and masses of brown people packed into those poorly-funded Thai hospitals and refugee camps who might have considered themselves lucky if they had the option of calling home to someone in the first world to let them know they were OK let alone a private jet from a high paying corporate job to fly them to a first rate hospital in Singapore once they managed to get out. The film's stark empathy stands in contrast to the final scene... for all they'd been through, the disaster was something the tourists merely had to "escape", witch while a truly heart-wrenching, harrowing and close run gauntlet that may have been to run, was actually nevertheless quite a fortunate situation compared to those with no one to call; nowhere to escape to. Many of those people and communities have still yet to recover, I'm sure, and while neither the characters nor the film share any blame for that, it is disapointing the film missed the chance to more overtly nod their head to that fact when given the chance.
½ August 10, 2017
Amazing! I loved all of the performances. Two in particular were Naomi Watts and Tom Holland. If you have nothing to do, watch this movie!
½ July 22, 2017
Brilliant in so many ways. The young actors' performances are particularly compelling. Found the soundtrack and direction a little sentimental in places.
July 13, 2017
this is an amazing movie
July 10, 2017
The schmaltz factor is ramped up a little too high, and the central story is the least interesting aspect of the film, it's the things going on around them that you want to know more about.
July 2, 2017
Hollywood just couldn't bring themselves to make a movie about an actual Asian who was affected by the tsunami. Making it about a beautiful white family (SO WE'LL CARE MORE!!) really pulled the punch from what could have been a harrowing movie. The tsunami sequence is great, though.
June 28, 2017
Os produtores de The Impossible exploram uma tragédia internacional para contar uma história melosa sobre uma rica família branca que passa a lidar com a adversidade resultantes de um tsunami, que ocorreu no Oceano Índico em 2004, nesta ocasião aproximadamente 228 mil almas foram lavadas da face da terra. Em vez de expandir um leque que retratasse melhor essa tragedia, o roteirista se concentra exclusivamente em uma abastada família espanhola que não experimentou nenhuma perda profunda.
June 27, 2017
Great movie on netflix
June 21, 2017
Amazing true story from a family trying to survive from the Tsunami in 2004. Some scenes are not easy to watch. Naomi Watts gives one of her best performance ever! Well deserved Oscar nomination !
June 8, 2017
It is amazing how a film emotionally moves you. The Impossible, as horrific and depressing as it is, truly touches you and even makes you shed a tear here and there. Naomi Watts and Tom Holland are incredible, and should be recognized for their incredible performances.
May 31, 2017
Excellent, very suspenseful action when a tsunami hits unexpectedly, and a family is torn apart.
Grade A-
May 6, 2017
Providing a brutally realistic depiction of the horrific 2004 Asian tsunami, The Impossible's biggest flaw is its overzealous attempts at drawing out it audience's tears. With the plinky-plonky piano playing and the over-egged orchestral score, it might as well rip out your tear ducts and milk them until they're dry. It succeeds in engaging our emotions best when it doesn't try so hard, and it's easy to empathise with all our leads, both of whom are beautifully played and thoroughly convincing. The disaster scenes and subsequent struggle are filmed and assembled so well that you feel every single wound and gasp for breath. Naomi Watt's proves why she's one of this generations finest actresses. Despite spending most of her time lying on a hospital bed, she conveys a genuine love for her family, and how she's clinging onto the last remnants of life just to see them reunited. Ewan McGregor, while not getting as much attention, makes the most of his time on camera, and even the child actors are pretty spectacular. It sticks very close to reality, and the tidal wave scenes are truly incredible. It may lean far too heavily on melodrama, but for a chance to witness a microcosm of one of this centuries worst natural disasters, The Impossible is a phenomenal experience, both visually and emotionally.
½ April 23, 2017
Although it followed the standard 'tidal wave destroys everything in its path forcing a family to become separated and try to find each other' format, the acting was beyond topnotch. The story is also true, which makes it hit closer to home than it would normally.
April 13, 2017
One of the most heart wrenching films I have ever seen.
½ April 6, 2017
Emotionally striking and visually breathtaking, J.A.Bayona directed and incredibly strong drama that benefits from it's strong subject, powerfully compelling performances and groundbreaking style, making in one of the best disaster-movies from recent years.
March 24, 2017
The movie was ok. it was tragic and sad, I thought the acting was great and seeing how strong the actors would put themselves in their positions were quite interesting.
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