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The Impossible
Naomi Watts and Tom Holland




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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.

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Overview

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.

Main Cast & Crew

Juan Antonio Bayona - Director
Ewan McGregor
Naomi Watts
Tom Holland
Samuel Joslin
Oaklee Pendergast
Geraldine Chaplin
Marta Etura
Dominic Power
Bruce Blain
Sonke Mohring

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Digital Copy)
  • Run Time: 114
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192181528
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity)
  • Release Date: April 2013

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Disaster
Christmas
Stranded/Castaway
Family Life
Families
Vacations
Family Crises

 

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Reviews:
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

 

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