Excerpt: It’s amazing how certain events mean something to some and not so much to others. I can vividly remember sitting in front of my computer (how most of us get our information these days) and reading about a Tsunami in Thailand that had killed tens of thousands of people. It kind of shows you how fragile we all are and what Mother Nature can really do if she wants to. Converse that with something lie September 11.
Excerpt: Thailand is crushed under an immeasurable December, 2004 tsunami, victims in its path including five Americans vacationing in a tranquil resort. Impact is vicious, captured for the sake of film with actual water, not digital waves, creating uncontrolled and harrowing scenes of real and metaphorical survival.
Excerpt: The Bennet family is taking a well deserved vacation in Thailand during the Christmas season. Maria (Naomi Watts, King Kong ) is a successful physician with a loving Scottish husband, Henry (Ewan McGregor, Jack the Giant Slayer ), and three young children: 12-year-old Lucas (Tom Holland, The Secret World of Arrietty ), 7-year-old Tomas (Samuel Joslin), and 5-year-old Simon (Oaklee Pendergast).
Conclusion: 'The Impossible' salutes the power of the human spirit in the best sense of that overused phrase, treating its subject with respect, empathy, and uncompromising realism. Adeptly balancing a harrowing event with an inspirational tale of courage and survival, J.A. Bayona's film avoids clichés and syrupy sentiment as it paints a memorable portrait of indefatigable will and the tough ties that bind.
Conclusion: To dislike The Impossible is to dislike humanity's will to live. The first feature dramatization of the 2004 tsunami, this English language Spanish film appeals to our notions of compassion, family, hope, and survival. It's an emotional ride not all will enjoy taking, marred slightly by a manipulative design and ethnic whitewashing that does not sit well. Nonetheless, it is a powerful, uplifting, and sharply-made drama that is very much worth seeing.
Conclusion: By taking the simplest, most direct route, The Impossible effects the viewer in the most direct way possible without the need of dramatic embellishment. Technically the disc tends to do well for itself and from a bonus material perspective is not too bad as well. Definitely one to explore now that its video life is being realized. What Do You Think?
Summary: Most of you probably have your own vacation disaster stories, though truth be told even our worst misadventures rarely rise to actual "disaster" levels and instead often provide fodder for copious laughter at family reunions and the like as oft-told anecdotes are recounted, usually in an overly dramatic manner that only adds to the humor.
Excerpt: Some tragedies are so massive in scope it's impossible to fully wrap our heads around them. One such tragedy befell hundreds of thousands of people on December 26th, 2004, when a massive earthquake under the Indian Ocean hurled a tsunami on the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Somalia and Thailand. The Spanish-produced drama The Impossible doesn't attempt to reveal the scope of this catastrophe that is estimated to have killed more than 227,000.