My family and I watched the most incredible, emotional and frightful movie last night – The Impossible.
I received a free screener copy of the film (there was no compensation).
The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as Maria and Henry Bennett (in reality their names are really Maria and Enrique Belón). The film is based on the true events that took place in Thailand on December 26, 2004 when a devastating Tsunami ripped through the island leaving nothing but death and destruction in it’s path.
In 2004 the Bennett family went on a holiday vacation to a beach resort in Thailand. Everything was perfect. Their hotel room was ideal, their view was amazing. It was everything a family could dream for when it comes to a great vacation.
Everything was going along perfectly until their lives were torn apart in a matter of minutes.
While enjoying the beautiful weather and a crystal clear pool the family, and other resort guests, heard something roaring towards them. Off in the not-so-far distance, racing towards them, was a massive wall of water. Unbeknown to them an earthquake off in the Pacific Ocean caused a Tsunami to crash into Indonesia (the hardest hit country), Sri Lanka and Thailand, where the Bennett family was on vacation. In all 230,000 people in fourteen countries were killed by the Tsunami.
The water hit too quickly and no one was able to reach higher ground. People, furniture and cars were tossed around like clothes in a washing machine. All Maria can remember is being sucked under the water and bashed up against palm trees, vehicles and debris. She suffered serious lacerations and other injuries.
When Maria was able to come to the surface of the water all she saw was the ocean all around her, speckled with broken utility poles, leaves from the torn up palm trees, bits and pieces of debris and even dead bodies.
Miraculously Maria saw her eldest son, Lucas, who was trying to keep above water. With much effort the pair were able to reunite with one another and stay together while they were tossed around the raging water.
Some how the pair was able to survive. Lucas had some cuts and bruises, but was OK. Maria suffered major injuries and needed medical attention right away. Maria and Lucas were also worried about the rest of their family – husband Henry and her two younger sons, Thomas and Simon.
The pair, along with another young boy, were rescued by some locals and taken to a make shift hospital where hundreds of wounded people were being treated. Maria did all she could to cling to life in hopes of reuniting with her family. Young Lucas was forced into the role of his mother’s protector, all while trying to help others who lost loved ones in the Tsunami.
Will Maria survive her injuries? If Maria dies, what will become of Lucas? What happened to Henry, Simon and Thomas? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Impossible, available on Blu-ray, DVD and other media methods on April 23, 2013. The film is currently available on Digital Download.
This film had my family on the edge of our seats. I knew the outcome of the film already, but, that didn’t make it any easier.
I will admit that I balled my eyes out. It’s a very powerfully emotional film. Talk about gut wrenching!
I don’t know how anyone could have survived the Tsunami. I know I couldn’t. I’m not emotionally or physically strong. Although I would do anything to ensure the survival of my family. Maybe that is where they got their strength from.
The film is PG-13. I think it would be too scary for little children. Personally I’m going to think twice before going near the ocean again. Not so much on the East Coast, but definitely the West Coast were Tsunamis are more possible.
There are a couple of times where you see Naomi’s bare breasts. One time you really don’t see much, but another time you do. I don’t see why the film makers felt the need to expose her breast in the film. I don’t think it was a necessary part of the film.
This is an amazing film and a true testament to the human spirit and the strength that love and family gives us.
Look for The Impossible where ever movies are sold. The film is currently available on Digital Download.
There are bonus features on the Blu-ray copy (and I suspect the DVD would have bonus features too).
Casting The Impossible – In this featurette the film makers discuss how they selected Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and the young boys to play their parts in the film. The young boys are amazing in this film. Even the youngest was able to pull off such raw emotions.
Realizing The Impossible – This interesting featurette shows viewers a behind the scenes look at how they shot some of the scene in the film, including a miniature model of the resort, and how CGI was used in some of the scenes too. It’s amazing to think that what you see in the film is NOT real. It’s so life like!
Deleted Scenes – There were several deleted scenes in the film. I did enjoy seeing them but I can see why they were deleted too.
Commentary with the director, producer and writer, as well as Maria Belón – I did not watch the commentary. I’m not a big fan of commentary features.
Here is the film’s trailer for your convenience. You can also see the trailer here,
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.