The Impossible (2012)
Running Time: 114 minutes
Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast
The Impossible is based on a true story by Maria Belon and her family. The film revolves around an English family who traveled to Thailand for Christmas vacation and stayed at a resort in Khao Lak. However, the infamous 2004 tsunami occurred around the time, and the Bennett family is swept up by the flood. Maria (Watts) and her eldest son, Lucas (Holland) are separated from the rest of the family, and after hours of being lost and wandering around the area, they presume that the rest of the family are dead. The movie focuses on Maria and Lucas’ search for help and the determination to stay alive while Henry (McGregor) and the two sons are desperately searching for Maria and Lucas.
The movie was truly a beautifully shot film, with amazing cinematography that captures the audiences’ attention on the beauty of the place, the country, and the fear and horror of the event that followed, and lastly, the aftermath of it all. From the start till the end, I found myself swept away by the shots, and how the director, scriptwriter, and cinematographer managed to recreate the days before, during and after the horrific tsunami. I was in awe and surprised by Naomi Watts’ performance in the film, she truly deserved the Oscar nomination, but I also felt that she should have won. It was a difficult character to play, and more so with the situations that she was put in, and the fact that it was based on someone else’s experiences, it was a challenging role. The other performance in specific from the cast that really stood out for me was Tom Holland, who played the eldest child in the family. He was truly a joy to watch, and I was deeply moved by his performance here. He’s definitely someone that I would keep a close eye on.
The score was done well, it set the mood of the scenes really well, and I liked the fact that they didn’t overdo it, they knew when to keep the shots silent, and when to put in an orchestra. Also, not to forget, the makeup department in the film did an amazing job in creating convincing bruises, cuts and wounds on all the cast members and extras.
Overall, it is a beautiful film, with an amazing cast, and quite a brave decision to re-tell a story that is still quite fresh on everyone’s minds. However, I can’t quite pinpoint my finger on it, but something felt like it was missing from the film towards the end. But all and all, it’s a good heartfelt movie, should have won more awards in my point of view, but let me warn you ahead of time, there will be a few gruesome shots in the film!
Rating: 7 ½ out of 10