The Impossible is a new movie starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland will bring a brand new disaster movie this December. The Impossible revolves around the story of a family who is eager to have a wonderful holiday in Thailand. As they relax around the pool after having a festive Christmas night, the family is brought to their feet when they hear a terrifying roar and sees a wall of water coming towards them. The Impossible is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and is based on the true accounts of a Spanish family’s experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. This drama made its premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9th and was critically acclaimed. The Impossible will be out in theaters on December 21st in the United States. Let’s check out an early movie review of “The Impossible”
“Early Movie Review for The Impossible Starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts
As intensely concentrated as its title, The Impossible is one of the most emotionally realistic disaster movies in recent memory — and certainly one of the most frightening in its epic re-creation of the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
As the opening titles stress, it is based on a true story incredible in itself and dramatized with the utmost emotional realism by Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona. The fact that the real family of five vacationers who survived the disaster were Spaniards perhaps explains why this lavish production comes from Madrid’s Apaches Entertainment. Edge-of-seat performances by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor are fully supported by three child actors who give the story its extraordinary realism and visceral impact that left Toronto audiences alternately clutching their seats and dabbing at damp eyes. It will begin rolling out in Europe in October and in the U.S. at Christmastime through Summit.
This accomplished work is only Bayona’s second film, and like his thriller debut The Orphanage — a ghost story that sold internationally — it manages to blend the horrific with the real world as seen through the eyes of children, inevitably suggesting a comparison to Steven Spielberg, though without the magic. Sergio C. Sanchez’s screenplay simply has no time for fanciful moments or side-stories in its straight-arrow account of the terrible disaster. That unwavering sense of purpose, which is dramatically the reuniting of a scattered family, is the film’s great strength, and it keeps viewers tensely engrossed through the entire first hour.
Bayona takes control from his first shot of an airplane roaring past the camera on its flight over the ocean. Aboard it are the handsome young British couple Maria Bennet (Watts) and her husband Henry (McGregor) with their three young sons. Their closeness is quickly established during their first laughing, playful days in a paradise resort in Khao Lak, Thailand. They are in the pool area, Maria with their eldest son Lucas (Tom Holland) and Henry playing ball with the younger sons Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin), when a low, forbidding rumble makes them turn toward the ocean.”
The rest of the review can be read at The Hollywood Reporter
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