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The Impossible [DVD] 
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A powerful story based on one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage).
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 (Naomi Watts) 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.
There's little point pretending that The Impossible is an easy film to watch. It simply isn't. As haunting a piece of cinema as you're likely to see with a 12 certificate attached, it's the story of a family who take a holiday to Thailand. Headed up by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, said family's life is turned upside down by the horrific tsunami that devastated the region back in 2004.
Punches simply aren't pulled here. Based on true events, The Impossible has changed some of the details, but not lessened any of the impact. The tsunami itself is stunningly realised on screen, but it's the drama afterwards, and the tragedy, that sticks heavily in the mind. It's not a relentlessly downbeat film, with some extraordinary things to relate about the human spirit, but it is one that's inevitably very emotional.
Director Juan Antonio Bayona, previously responsible for The Orphanage, is studious in his handling of the material, making the story an accessible and yet not glamorous one. And his diligent work, mixed with some superb performances, make The Impossible an important, absorbing and enduring piece of cinema. It's not the kind of film for a Friday night in front of the telly, but it is one that demands to be seen. --Jon Foster
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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.
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.
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.
With Ewan McGreggor and Naomi Watts as leads, you can expect decent performances, but the stand-out character who steals many of the scenes is the young boy who plays their son and shows how he was forced to cope with growing up far sooner than he ever should have.
It's a good film, if you're looking for drama and a real story of survival against the odds. Just don't expect a rollercoaster of excitement with many thrills and spills along the way.
3.5 out of 5.
Dir. Juan Bayona / 114 minutes / Cert 12
Juan Bayona follows up his acclaimed 2007 directorial debut The Orphanage with another horror film. Whereas the fear factor of his first feature emanated purely from the otherworldly and the supernatural, The Impossible brings the horror much closer to home, drawing on real-life events, specifically the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that devastated Indonesia and surrounding areas and claimed over 230,000 innocent lives. I remember watching the television news coverage at the time - my confused fifteen year-old self unable to quite understand what I was seeing, unsure of what it meant and what was going on.
The film creates immediate tension because everybody knows exactly what is going to happen. As an audience, we are powerless, simply awaiting the inevitable; the fatal wave is going to hit and there is nothing we can do to stop it. The fact that our main characters, the Bennett family - father, mother, their three young sons - are blissfully ignorant of the tragedy that is about to befall them (as of course were the quarter of a million unsuspecting victims) only serves to reinforce the sense of dread that hangs over the film's idyllic opening scenes; scenes depicting the calm before the storm, introducing us to a close-knit, moneyed middle-class family, holidaying for Christmas in a luxury apartment. Lanterns illuminate the sky. Celebration, laughter and love, things we take for granted. They have everything, want for nothing... and then the ground starts to tremble.
The reconstruction of the disaster is painful to watch, beautifully repellent and brutally realised.Read more ›
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A real tear jurker based on a real disaster, outstanding acting.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter watched this film at school in Geography and wanted the dvd to see it again in peace at home. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Claire
Incredibly moving and well produced film. You will need a box of tissues at the ready for this one! Had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through! Read morePublished 17 days ago by H. French
I really wanted to be moved by the Movie but it lacked any connection . Ewan McGregor , in my opinion , was a very bad choice.Published 19 days ago by dee
good film but spoiled by the poor quality of the dvd it kept stopping and we had to keep forwarding it also drumming noise in back groundPublished 29 days ago by lizzie m