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The Impossible [Blu-ray] (2012)

Naomi Watts , Ewan McGregor , Juan Antonio Bayona  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,074 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pedergast
  • Directors: Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,074 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart.

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153 of 168 people found the following review helpful
Going into a movie like "The Impossible," I knew exactly what to expect. Based on the real life experiences of Maria Belon (who takes a story credit) and her family, the film focuses on the harrowing tsunami that devastated Thailand in 2004. "The Impossible" never attempts to be anything more than it is and that is much to its credit. In a waking nightmare, the simple story highlights one family affected by the trauma. Separated, injured, and scared beyond belief, it recounts the struggle to stay alive and the quest to reconnect. This is NOT a film about plot, however, for the outcome is predetermined (and pretty much given away in the marketing even if you haven't heard any peripheral information). This is solely about the journey. And with a handful of remarkable performances and with sweeping effects, the movie works on an entirely visceral level that is likely to leave you emotionally drained. While perhaps not perfect, it is a gut wrenching experience that is hard to shake.

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor step into the primary roles despite the fact that the real life Belons were from Spain. In fact, this is the first English language film by respected Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage). Nationality differences aside, Bayona has crafted a movie with universal appeal. The love of family crosses all cultural borders, and the heart of the screenplay recognizes this with unwavering clarity. Watts and McGregor are enjoying Christmas with their three sons at a posh seaside resort as the film opens. Truthfully, we don't get to know too much about the clan. They are painted in fairly broad strokes as a perfect little family unit. But their idyllic holiday is cut short one morning as a tsunami rips across the country.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 12-year-old Boy Became a Man March 23, 2013
I just watched a 12-year-old boy become a man. After 114 grueling minutes of calamity piled upon disaster followed by tragedy, I got a lump in my throat along with the rest of the audience as we saw a dauntless family do its best to cope with a vacation gone very, very wrong. "Lo imposible" is based on a book by María Belón which in turn was inspired by true events that occurred during the catastrophic tsunami that devastated southeast Asia in 2004.

We follow:
* Naomi Watts ("J. Edgar") is María, a physician who has suspended her career to raise a family.
* Ewan McGregor ("Salmon Fishing in the Yemen") is Henry, her husband, who has concerns about his job but most particularly whether or not he re-set the house alarm when they left for their vacation.
* Tom Holland (voice:"The Secret World of Arrietty") is Lucas, a mildly rebellious tween but a good kid. Once he and his badly injured mother are stranded in the bewildering detritus of the tsunami, he is the stronger and the healthier of the two. He never hesitates.
* Samuel Joslin (in his first movie role) is Thomas, the tyke charged with the responsibility to watch over his even littler brother. He is truly alarmed and his scene with his father is brilliant.
* Oaklee Pendergast ("EastEnders") is Simon, the little brother who really has to pee!

Much has been made over the myopia of Western Europeans making a movie that features a white family in the midst of a tragedy that killed over 200,000 (mostly local) people. I could argue that these locals are portrayed in the very best light: they instantly spring to the aid of any and everyone, are kind, considerate and life-saving whenever possible.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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The young Tom Holland brings heart, soul, and courage to his performance. Much of the emotion in the film is expressed through his reactions.

Naomi Watts was also stellar.

This was not a sugar-coated account of the tsunami, but rather real, raw, and powerful. Of course, I had to google the real family. What an amazing story.

Makes you want to go and hug all of your loved ones.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This epic film recounts one family's struggle to survive the massive tsunami coming out of the Indian Ocean in 2004, striking the luxurious beach front resorts of Thailand and into the inland areas. A Spanish production under the direction of Juan Antonio Bayona with a script from Sergio G. Sanchez, the real-life Spanish family is replaced by one from Britain headed by Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts).

They and their 3 boys, ranging in age from about 4 to 13, are swept up in the giant waves that hit the country the day after Christmas. Maria and the oldest boy Lucas (Tom Holland) are literally thrown together as the water takes them deep into the interior. The film follows them after the impact of the wave.

Speaking of the wave. This is one of the most dramatic and authentic disaster scenes I can remember. Yes, the thunderous wave hitting the resort is a marvelous example of what talented filmmakers can do, but the underwater shots of Lucas and his mother being tossed about along with bicycles, cars and furniture is indeed frightening and realistic. The story essentially shows the survival skills of an injured Maria (a non-practicing M.D.) and Lucas. Another follows Henry and the 2 younger boys (Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast) as they look for the rest of their family.

The performances are wonderful from everyone involved. McGregor has never been better as the rational but determined husband and father. I would hope Oscar would give some attention to Ms. Watts. In a performance that reminded me of John Hawkes in "The Sessions," Watts must perform for the most part, laid out on a gurney or hospital bed. Her emotions and despair come from her facial expressions and her eyes.
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Published 12 hours ago by Sonya John
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite movies, mostly because it is a modern day...
One of my all time favorite movies, mostly because it is a modern day miracle. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 3 days ago by Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good movie.
This movie is very intense. Naomi Watts give a Oscar performance. Based on a real story. Very Good movie.
Published 3 days ago by classic lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a good gift for those who's movie tastes run to historical ...
Makes a good gift for those who's movie tastes run to historical or true-life. And it's a good movie overall.
Published 4 days ago by 1229HN
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!!
Great movie!! We watched it with our grandchildren and had a discussion afterwards. We highly recommend it.
Published 6 days ago by Arthur S. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 7 days ago by T. Arnez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 8 days ago by Wendy Shuford
5.0 out of 5 stars great service
great family movie to watch at a great price..
Published 11 days ago by Rmcdaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie. Might be too much for a younger audience
Published 11 days ago by Kevin Connors
2.0 out of 5 stars Really did not enjoy it at all
Really did not enjoy it at all, too much suffering, but the intolerable thing about it is making every important person in the story white. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Violets
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