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'The Impossible' Starring Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor

Afilm starring Starring Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona

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'The Impossible' proves sometimes, it's better to vacation in the mountains (Video)

  • Dec 18, 2012
By Joan Alperin Schwartz
'The Impossible' starts out on an airplane.  A lovely British family, Maria Bennet (Naomi Watts), her husband, Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three young sons are off to Thailand for an idyllic Christmas vacation.   What could be better?

When they arrive at their resort, they are even given an upgrade.  The family now has a beautiful, luxurious beachfront villa to while away the hours and days.

After presents are exchanged, everyone heads down to the pool where they join their fellow happy holiday tourists.

The scene is serene...absolutely perfect...That is...until there's a distant rumble.  Before anyone can give the noise a second thought...

A TSUNAMI HITS...and Maria and her eldest son, Lucas (the wonderful Tom Holland) are swept away into the rushing water and separated from Henry and the two other boys, Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin)..

First I must say the CGI effects are absolutely brilliant.  The cinematographer (Oscar Faura) and the director, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) decided to shoot this from the tourists POV.

We see the wave THROUGH their eyes...a dark, brown mass coming toward them, knocking down thick palm trees, hurling cars, lifting buildings and people into the air. .  The wave sweeps over everyone and everything.

And then there's Maria...She's knocked through a glass wall, then emerges in the middle of swirling debris. 

Maria frantically searches for her son...screaming his name over and over again...and finally...miraculously...she sees him in the distance.  Somehow they manage to reach each other and from then on out...

We watch, as the two of them, not knowing if the rest of their family is dead or alive, struggle to survive.  And believe me, at the end of the movie, you feel as if you've been put through the ringer.

Naomi is pitch perfect as a mother who will do anything to make sure her son lives and be reunited with her family.

Ewan McGregor is equally as fine as the father desperately searching for his wife and boy.

The fact that this film, written by Sergio C. Sanchez, is based on a true story, made it that much more intense.  

'The Impossible', which opens in theatres, Friday, December 21, 2012, isn't what you'd call 'entertaining', but it's definitely worth seeing and for that reason, both John and myself gave it 3 1/2 bagels out of 5.

Check out our video to see what happens when John forgets the bagels.

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January 01, 2013
sounds interesting, I do recommend the Chinese movie "AFTERSHOCK' is you'd like to see something that really impressed me when it came to dramatic power in disaster is also a true story
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Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as parents who take their three sons to Thailand on vacation where they become victims of the deadly tsunami of 2004.      Every minute of this true story is gut-wrenching, from the incredibly realistic recreation of the tsunami to the mass death and devastation afterward. Watts and McGregor are excellent as the suffering and selfless parents and Tom Holland gives a wonderful performance as their brave young son.      I saw …
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