- Actors: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin
- Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Studio: Summit Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
- Run Time: 114 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,619 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00BAYLQI0
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) 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. 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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Most of the criticism this movie has received has revolved around two issues - first, there's too little about what actually happened during and after the tsunami, and second, the director (Juan Antonio Bayona) decided to cast generic white actors to play a Spanish family. As I said at the start of this review, THE IMPOSSIBLE is not a film about the tsunami. Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez aren't interested in giving us a wide-angle picture of what happened to Thailand or to the Thai people or to any of the other countries and people devastated by the tsunami. They are interested in the Bennett family - or in María Belón's family, to be more accurate. Sánchez's screenplay was based on Belón's story about how she and her husband (not McGregor's Henry, but Quique Alvarez) survived their Thai holiday in 2004. And as a survival story, the film works.
But what about that second complaint? Does the film suffer because of Bayona's decision not to hire Spanish actors to play his suffering family? Apparently Maria and Quique don't think so. María Belón worked closely with both Bayona and writer Sánchez to make sure that what happens on screen really happened to her family. And the film makes no attempt to hide the reality of who this family really was - their names and photographs appear at the end of the film, just before the closing credits. While I do think it would have been interesting to see Spanish actors playing these characters, it in no way changes what is an inspirational and emotionally gripping story.
Bottom line, THE IMPOSSIBLE is one of those survival films that will have you chewing your nails, weeping uncontrollably, and praying to God that nothing like this ever happens to you. It's about survival in its most basic sense. And if it all seems a bit "feel-good" in the end, then it's done its job. In no way is this great movie; but it is a damn good one!
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