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The Impossible
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2013
Very moving film thoroughly enjoyed it hard to believe its a true story well worth watching have a hankie ready
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148 of 158 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2013
I saw this in cinema TWICE. That's ONE EXTRA TIME People!
In case you sleep-surfed the internet and found yourself on the reviews of Amazon to a film you've never heard of, The Impossible is based around one family who are on Holiday in Thailand when the Tragic Tsunami of 2004 hit.
Before seeing the film, I'd watched the trailer and thought 'Wow, that looks good. The special effects look amazing', but I also thought 'After the Tsunami has hit, what happens for the rest of the film? It could get really boring...'

Well, that was wrong and partly because I never really understood what happened that day.
I had no idea how many people were killed (and injured).
It's not just Water, is it?
Debris potentially hitting you at high speed.
Could be fatal.

The cast is fantastic.
The acting is as good as it gets, particularly from new-to-film Actor Tom Holland who takes centre stage as eldest Son, Lucas.
This is no bore fest.
It's one of those great films that leaves you pondering your own life and feeling grateful for your family and loved ones.
A very emotional and touching film.
I really wanted the family to come together again.
I'll be buying this when it's released.

Thanks for reading.
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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
The Impossible is a film about a family who take a holiday to Thailand at Christmas. Little did they know that one of the world's biggest tsunamis' was about to hit them. When it does hit them the whole family is split apart by this gigantic wave.

The film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, who play their roles beautifully as the mother (Maria Bennett) and father (Henry Bennett) to three children. This film also stars newcomer Tom Holland who plays the oldest son, (Lucas Bennett) who has to take care of his mum because of her brutal injures.
The scene where the tsunami hits is brilliantly shot, yet so harrowing. The heartbreaking scene where Maria and Lucas try to reach out to each other while being swept away crashing into trees, cars and other dangerous objects, is shattering. It was also devastating when Maria's injuries are revealed and Lucas sees his mother as he has never seen her before.

The special effects in this film are extraordinary, and I wasn't expecting the effect that it would have on me, and I would defy anyone who isn't moved by this astonishing piece of film making.

This film is inspiring and unexpected; I recommend this film to anyone. Even though there is despair, there is still hope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'Boxing Day' 2004 ...I remember, as I am certain many if not all
of you do....watching the catastrophic events unfold, in disbelief
and in horror, a harsh reminder of natures fury.
so many lost so quickly.........the film based on real events
following the experience of the 'Bennett' family who had flown
to a idyllic coastal resort in 'Thailand' as of course did so many more,
to bask in the sunshine during the festive season.
when the Tsunami hit the family became separated, 'Maria' and eldest son
'Lucas' manage to stay in sight of each other as they are swept inland.
they have no way of knowing what had become of husband and father 'Henry'
and younger siblings 'Thomas' and 'Simon'
the film surely captures much of the atmosphere that must have been the
case for all those caught up in the Tragedy.
the film...an often moving, dramatic and often graphic account of desperation,
panic and struggle to survive in the moments during and after the Tsunami struck.
a story of hope and tragedy........'THE IMPOSSIBLE'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2014
It's easy to forget just how much people lose in a disaster like this - people looking for lost loved ones, the lorries piled with bodies, the injuries caused, homes washed away. We sit in our homes watching the drama unfold on the news and we cannot possibly grasp the magnitude of it all. It's all there in this film - plus the acting is superb, even the little kids are fantastic! A true story and well worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2015
An excellent film based on real events. Well acted and gripping - have your hanky ready and also truly up-lifting.
The family IS NOT American as is suggested by some 1 star reviewers on here. Also I am unclear why some feel the film is offensive. It is about a family on holiday in Thailand who get caught up in the tusnami. Yes it could be about a local family but then they would not be speaking English so the film would need to be dubbed or have subtitles. Additionally why is the experience of a holidaying family from the UK any less valid than the locals story.
Some folk are so politically correct it nauseates I am afraid.
A good film.
Oh I watched it on Virgin media but its on terrestrial this coming Sunday.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
I didn't know a lot about this film before going to see it but what an experience this film was. The special effects are amazing looking during the tsunami scene at the start, just incredible. The performances of the main cast are incredible especially Tom Holland as Lucas and Naomi Watts as Maria. I'm not usually a fan of Ewan McGregor but here he is incredible as Henry the father.

The film explores the separation of a family in the direct aftermath of the 2004 tsunami and their struggle to survive.

I really don't want to say more other than this is an incredible film well worth seeing.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2014
Incredible rendition of the 2004 tsunami aftermath, with a stunning performance from Naomi Watts. If you re looking for a 2112 type movie, you will not find it here because the wave itself is not the focus. However the survival and search for close ones is painfully but marvellously enacted by Naomi Watts and the rest of the cast. Very moving film, sometimes difficult to watch because of the suffering, and incredibly realistic. A must see for sure!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2013
I am not really much for the disater movies but as this was a true story the movie was very good
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
Went to see this film with my Nan as i saw the trailer on the TV and thought it looked great.
3 minutes in i started crying untill the end. im a 16 year old boy haha.
was the best film i have ever seen. full of Emotion and inspiring parts.
Give it a watch it won't dissapoint.
My new fav film and Ewan Mcgregor is now my fav Actor.
Brilliant.
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