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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Far too often disaster films pit a bunch of strangers against some formidable struggle, with really very little emotional attachment required from the audience. In fact, many disaster films play out like virtual lotteries where the audience is asked to guess who will survive and who will perish. Credit The Impossible , then, for dealing with an unimaginable disaster in completely personal, human terms.
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.
Excerpt: It’s been five years since J.A. Bayona debuted with the terrifying, tearjerking ghost story The Orphanage , and now he makes a belated return to the director’s chair with The Impossible , based on the true story of a family that was visiting Thailand in 2004 when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit.