Thanks to Hoyts Distribution, we had the chance to see J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
Based on a true story about a family who survived the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, The Impossible follows the overwhelming journey of Henry (Ewan McGregor) and his wife Maria (Naomi Watts), a happily married couple spending their Christmas holiday at a beach resort in Thailand with their three kids – Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast).
What was a dream vacation turned into a nightmare on the day after Christmas, when a Tsunami hits the coast, destroying everything and taking people away from their families, leaving the search parties no clues as to whether they survived or not.
The Impossible is a deeply visual and moving film about the survival of Maria and Lucas, featuring breathtaking scenes like Maria fighting currents to save her son and was badly hurt. Watts outstanding performance pulls the public in to feel this mother’s pain, even as she was rescued and taken to a local hospital where her serious injuries and poor treatment spells an uncertain future. This forces Lucas to take his father’s place as a strong man and its young actor Tom Holland did a fantastic job.
Meanwhile, Henry survived with minor injuries and was able to rescue his other two kids yet none of them knew what happened to Maria and Lucas, vice versa. This makes family reunion seem impossible, in heartbreaking scenes where Henry decides to send his kids to a safer place so he can keep looking for his wife and elder son. McGregor’s performance is equally outstanding and should be recognised in any film industry awards.
The film is technically flawless, especially the tsunami scene which has an impeccable level of realism, visual effects and use of great locations. The make up work is incredible also in portraying the injuries of survivors without exaggeration.
The Impossible is an emotional journey seemingly without an end and when the end comes, you can’t help but be amazed that it’s all based on a true story…A story that is a testament of love overcoming all adversities and defeating the strongest forces of nature.
The Impossible opens on 24 January, 2013