The Impossible (12A)

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Henry and Maria arrive in the tropical paradise of Thailand with their three sons, Lucas, Thomas and Simon. Flocks of terrified birds take to the skies, heralding a wall of water that careens through the complex. Maria and Lucas are carried away by the surge. Meanwhile, Henry is forced to leave his two youngest boys in the care of strangers in order to learn the fate of his wife and eldest child.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Jan 4, 2013

Duration:

114 mins

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Claire

I went to see the film today with my partner and it certainly generated lots of discussion when we came out of the cinema. One thing that neither of us could deny was that we were both in tears during various parts of the film. It took us back to that day that we both remember all too well (my partner was actually in Thailand with friends when it happened). It upsets me to read those reviews that state they can't care about the main characters due to their obvious wealth.....what on earth does that mean? Are you saying that if you're rich then you don't matter? Should the rich have all died and the poor lived?? When mother nature strikes it doesn't matter how much money you have. I think what tugged at my heart strings the most in that film were the acts of human kindness from both the locals and other people who were obviously suffering too. Rich, poor, black, white, none of that mattered and nor should it matter. Lucas certainly found a strength from within that he probably never knew he had - such a challenging role for a young actor which I thought he tackled beautifully. Whilst watching today I didn't really think or care about the fact that the family were wealthy as it didn't matter. Like everyone else going to see this film I knew that it was based on a true story of a family who all survived against the odds. I knew it wasn't a documentary....it was never pretending to be. It made me think and remember, it made me cry and at times it got me angry and frustrated but most of all it made me appreciate my loved ones that little bit more so I would say, as movies go, it did it's job.

scrumpyjack

My thoughts and rating have disappeared. There was nothing in them that anyone could have possibly found offensive so, as I suspected (Gangster Squad), this site does not function properly.

DutchMovieFan

This movie gripped me from beginning to end. There was complete silence in the cinema where I went to yersterday (this movie only opened in the Netherlands this week) throughout the whole movie and at the very end, one could really feel that each and everyone in the whole cinema was totally moved by this movie. Naomi Watts gave an Oscar-deserving performance of a lifetime. I hope that she wins the Best Actress Oscar on Sunday 24th February 2013 in L.A., considering how many good films she has already made in her remarkable film-making career. In Holland, a far-right anti-islam politician by the name of Geert Wilders even dared to mention about a forthcoming *tsunami of muslims* a couple of years back without ever taking into consideration the feelings of the families of the many hundreds of thousands of tsunami victims and the survivors on Boxing Day in 2004 in Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Myanmar etc. (or maybe he has no feelings at all in the first place, who knows). On behalf of all the families and survivors of the many hundreds of tsunami victims on that most tragic day just over eight years ago, I say here and now to the whole world: Shame on you, Mr. Geert Wilders!

Laurie

This film was moving and the way it was made so real to life was absolutely amazing. The soul wrenching scenes ripped my heart out and had me in floods of tears. People who are saying this film is predictable are ridiculous! Of course you know whats going to happen it was a real event that we all knew about. I understand so many people lost their lives as well as this one family that was focused on, but they are not forgotten. It shows you the extreme extent of how many dead bodies and suffering people there were it is only focusing on one family for the point of the film. The film has inspired me and made me feel very lucky to be here with a loving family.

Laurie

This film was moving and the way it was made so real to life was absolutely amazing. The soul wrenching scenes ripped my heart out and had me in floods of tears. People who are saying this film is predictable are ridiculous! Of course you know whats going to happen it was a real event that we all knew about. I understand so many people lost their lives as well as this one family that was focused on, but they are not forgotten. It shows you the extreme extent of how many dead bodies and suffering people there were it is only focusing on one family for the point of the film. The film has inspired me and made me feel very lucky to be here with a loving family.

Ashley Wilkes

I went to see The Impossible with 2 of my children, ages 32 and 24. They totally loved the film and cried profusely during the scenes that were seriously cliche-ridden and contrived to MAKE viewers cry. I sat through the film feeling annoyed and insulted by the cliche scenes and canned acting - the melodrama overload was so over-the-top that at points it appeared to be stitched together skits from SNL. This is a great example of the concept that MORE (especially cliched and contrived film content) is profoundly LESS. If there was supposed to be a point to The Impossible, it was lost in the helper-skelter/disjointed manner in which the action was (or wasn't arranged), the canned acting, the cliched close-ups of grasping hands and agonized faces, gaping wounds, rivers of blood and on and on. But the worst part of the movie was the bastardization of the true story by focusing entirely on this rich caucasian family (even making them non-Spanish) and completely ignoring the scope of this catastrophe on the local people in the many countries the tsunami devastated. In my view, this approach is disgraceful and the agenda was obviously to create a contrivance with special effects and big name 2 big name actors in hopes that a large enough percentage of the 35 and younger crowd would fall for the special effects, canned acting, hyper-melodrama, contrivances and convenient coincidences so that Lionsgate could make a killing in profits from the film. My children asked me whether or not I like The Impossible. I simply told them that I couldn't talk about it. And I couldn't because they wouldn't understand why I found the movie so disgusting.

Sue knight

In the scale of Shindlers List or The Colour Purple, completely amazing, brililant but extremely harrowing!

Sue knight

In the scale of Shindlers List or The Colour Purple, completely amazing, brililant but extremely harrowing!

Paul

After the first hour I was begging for a catharsis to break the deadlock hoping the mother would either die, live or at least lose a leg. By the end I was past caring. All I know is that I am staying put behind the Thames Barrier. I thought Life of Pi was bad, but this is another stinker.

Graham

We have ony seen the trailer, and I am not sure we can watch the film. We were on the west coast of Phuket when the wave hit, on holiday with our 2 young children. We were lucky but so many were not. We cried within 20 seconds of the trailer starting, as it brought back the harrowing reality of that day. If I can pluck up the courage, I will try to watch the film, but I fear I will sob all the way through. Please all remind yourselves just how lucky you are.

Dan martin

This Is a poor film, walked out after 40mins, terrible scripts and very wooden acting by leads, who are not believable as a couple.

Nick

I think a lot of you are missing the point. How can a film portray 200,000 deaths without you wanting slit your own wrist in despair? I left Thailand 6 months before this happened and had many friends, Thai, western ,wealthy and poor ones Wealth made no diffrerence to who lived and who did not. The only part that I agree was hard was the private jet at the end of the film. For the rest of the film you have to just try to comprehend what it would have been like to be there or have family or friends involved

Chris

The people who have written it is difficult to care about an affluent family should be ashamed. What does how much money they had have to do with it? I found the film more powerful for the fact that it told this family's story. Were teh filmmakers supposed to try and tell the story of everyone that died. Time Out's review is frankly a bit ridiculous on this occasion.

critique

Averagely told account of one family`s experience of the horrific tragedy. Wait for the dvd.

Charlie

Well said Adam. This tragedy happened right in my backyard and I can still remember the horror. In fact, at some points, I had to look away. The drama was surreal and the acting, especially the children, was superb. Not everything has to be a "blockbuster" to be effective.

Charlie

Well said Adam. This tragedy happened right in my backyard and I can still remember the horror. In fact, at some points, I had to look away. The drama was surreal and the acting, especially the children, was superb. Not everything has to be a "blockbuster" to be effective.

steve spielberg

i cried and cried.. the end where the rich family flew off in their jet without tinted windows so they could block out the distressing scenes was heartbreaking

steve spielberg

i cried and cried.. the end where the rich family flew off in their jet without tinted windows so they could block out the distressing scenes was heartbreaking

Adam

I find the negative reviews on here very distasteful and clearly from people who are just not happy in their lives. This is one of the most affecting pieces of film making in a very long time. Made even more emotional simply by the fact it is a true story. This is not a Hollywood disaster movie, this is real life. The 'scene' itself is treated with respect and not OTT glamourised post production. In fact I read recently that it took 1 year to film those scenes alone, as the director wanted to recreate them as sensitively and as accurately with real water as possible. We know, going in, that this is not a documentary on the statistics. It is an isolated story of one family, albeit Spanish, but reenacted with English speaking actors so that the majority of this world can watch and appreciate the terror, destruction and emotion this family (and many others) inevitable went through. So don't pick fault. It makes you look shallow and miserable. Just go home and hug your family and friends tight. Tell them you love them. And just be thankful that you are not one of the 250,000 people who couldn't.

Adam

I find the negative reviews on here very distasteful and clearly from people who are just not happy in their lives. This is one of the most affecting pieces of film making in a very long time. Made even more emotional simply by the fact it is a true story. This is not a Hollywood disaster movie, this is real life. The 'scene' itself is treated with respect and not OTT glamourised post production. In fact I read recently that it took 1 year to film those scenes alone, as the director wanted to recreate them as sensitively and as accurately with real water as possible. We know, going in, that this is not a documentary on the statistics. It is an isolated story of one family, albeit Spanish, but reenacted with English speaking actors so that the majority of this world can watch and appreciate the terror, destruction and emotion this family (and many others) inevitable went through. So don't pick fault. It makes you look shallow and miserable. Just go home and hug your family and friends tight. Tell them you love them. And just be thankful that you are not one of the 250,000 people who couldn't.

ida

Good handling of an emotive subject. Stars were excellent as was cinematography.Stop griping about it!.

Alix:3

I am only 13, but I saw this film and I cannot stop thinking about how lucky I am to be with my family. It is truly a phenomenal film, it's thought-provoking and mesmerising. I spent almost the whole film in tears, some band reasons and some good. And I also spent about 10 minutes of it in the kitchen, because I am awful with blood and gore. I do have to say though, Tom Holland was truly amazing - a very, very good actor.

Alix:3

I am only 13, but I saw this film and I cannot stop thinking about how lucky I am to be with my family. It is truly a phenomenal film, it's thought-provoking and mesmerising. I spent almost the whole film in tears, some band reasons and some good. And I also spent about 10 minutes of it in the kitchen, because I am awful with blood and gore. I do have to say though, Tom Holland was truly amazing - a very, very good actor.

Thomas Noctor

Predictable? Eh, its a true story! Anyway, this is a very well made movie telling the story of one of the worst natural disasters of our time. The Tsunami scene is well done. Rather than showing the build up via the earthquake it actually shows how limited the guests time was to react! Lucas plays a great role in it, using his time to help other survivors. The injuries are graphic so its not for the faint hearted! Well worth a watch, I can't understand the 2 stars that was offered in the poor review above!

Thomas Noctor

Predictable? Eh, its a true story! Anyway, this is a very well made movie telling the story of one of the worst natural disasters of our time. The Tsunami scene is well done. Rather than showing the build up via the earthquake it actually shows how limited the guests time was to react! Lucas plays a great role in it, using his time to help other survivors. The injuries are graphic so its not for the faint hearted! Well worth a watch, I can't understand the 2 stars that was offered in the poor review above!

Ian

I agree with a number of the recent posters and the reviewer. After a spectaular Tsunami scene the film stalls and never gets re started. It is difficult to care about an obviously very affluent family in a human catastrophe. There is little character development prior to the wave and the father and younger boys story is peripheral to the mother and elder son part of the story. There are a few cliched cry scenes possibly put in to sweeten up a story that mosly ignores the fact that over 200,000 people died. As John O'Sullivan points out they are locals and as such in this holywoodised epic their deaths don't count. I agree with Andre best wait for the DVD if you must. All in all very disappointing. Just worth two stars.

john o sullivan

this film is waving but ultimately drowning under cliche,intrusive music and sluggish direction Like poor Naomi i felt by the end i swallowed too much poo This film was done far better in first twenty minutes of Eastwoods Hereafter Allegedly some brown people died in the real story

Ricci the Raccoon

Tired re tread of superior TV mini series Tsunami The Aftermath and opening sequence of Hereafter which was a lot better handled. Why bother making this film? Naomi Watts English accent almost as bad as Ewan Macgregor's and both are totally unbelievable and uncompelling as a couple. Spanish director wants to make a big Hollywood style film and uses this terrible catastrophe as window dressing for his disaster movie. Hope he's proud of it and gets a gig directing mission impossible 8.

Jack

Great film-making and acting cannot overcome the limited plot line of a moving, harrowing but ultimately predictable story

Andre

This is a fair write up. After the 5 min of special effects then I found it boring I didn't care for the family as it ignored everyone else. It irritated me. watch on dvd if you must.

Greg

Brilliant, an emotional roller coaster, I was on Medical team in Sri Lanka and had friends on the beach. A truly powerful film.

Greg

Brilliant, an emotional roller coaster, I was on Medical team in Sri Lanka and had friends on the beach. A truly powerful film.

Jez

Totally disagree with this review, one of the most moving and inspiring films I've ever seen, I would urge anyone to see it

Jez

Totally disagree with this review, one of the most moving and inspiring films I've ever seen, I would urge anyone to see it