Director Juan Antonio Bayona follows up his critically-acclaimed feature debut THE ORPHANAGE with this drama set during the 2004 tsunami, and detailing one family's incredible fight for survival. Inspired by actual events, THE IMPOSSIBLE opens on December 26th, as Henry (Ewan McGregor), his wife Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons lounge poolside following an eventful Christmas. But just as the family begins to forget their troubles and settle in for a relaxing tropical getaway, one of the worst natural disasters in modern history changes their lives in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, as shock gives way to abject horror, the devoted parents fight to protect their children, encountering scenes heart-wrenching tragedy and experiencing acts of incredible compassion as the entire country of Thailand is engulfed in chaos. Tom Hollander and Geraldine Chaplin co-star.
The London Metropolitan Orchestra
Oscar Faura - D.P., THE ORPHANAGE
Fernando Velazquez - Composer, THE ORPHANAGE
Juan Antonio Bayona - Director, THE ORPHANAGE
Sergio G. Sanchez - Screenwriter, THE ORPHANAGE
John Albasiny - Actor/"Kipperbang"
Geraldine Chaplin - American actress, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Naomi Watts - Actress, KING KONG (2005)
Ewan McGregor - Scottish actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Wipawee Charoenpura - Actor, JAN DARA (2001)
Marta Etura - Mexican actress
Tom Holland - Actor, ;
Jomjai Sae-limh "Maew"
Cecilia Arnold - Actor, ;
Sarinrat Thomas "Jia"
Keerati Sivakuae "Oak"
Danny Toeng Danny
David Bruce - Actor
Clare Louise Plunkett
Tan Daniel Demir
Krittanai Yongtrakull "Beer"
Sam Holland - Actor
Mara Garcia Garcia
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The film is a remarkable visual achievement, made more affecting by the depth the actors bring to their characters." - 12/20/2012 Rolling Stone
"The key selling point is Bayona's ten-minute reenactment of the tidal wave and its carnage, which is brutal, visceral and without peer." - 12/13/2012 Box Office
4 stars out of 4 -- "Here is a searing film of human tragedy....THE IMPOSSIBLE is one of the best films of the year." - 12/19/2012 Chicago Sun-Times
"Bayona achieves a rare sense of balance between the big and the powerful as well as the small and the intimate in the family's survival against impossible odds..." - 12/20/2012 Los Angeles Times
"THE IMPOSSIBLE plunges the audience into the catastrophe and then immerses us in the panic, grief and disorientation of the aftermath." - 12/24/2012 New York Times
"The catastrophic nature of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean that opens the fact-based drama THE IMPOSSIBLE is rendered with nightmarish realism by Spanish director J.A. Bayona..." - 12/21/2012 Washington Post
"THE IMPOSSIBLE confirms that Bayona is a major talent, with a skill for constructing sequences that build tension as masterfully as Steven Spielberg did in his 70s heyday." - 12/20/2012 A.V. Club
"[I]ts visceral force is more aggressive, its emotions cut deeper and its intelligence makes fiercely affecting work of close-to-the-bone material." - 12/09/2012 Total Film
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE IMPOSSIBLE is a nimbly acted drama that is at once a stellar visual achievement and a life-affirming story of familial love and courage." - 01/03/2013 USA Today
"[T]he painstaking realism is purposely unforgiving." - 01/01/2013 Sight and Sound