Incredibly huge waves of water. Devastation everywhere. Nature proved its power over humanity again by killing more than 230,000 people and ruining the life of millions. A family and their story. What happened might seem impossible, but the film is based on a true story.
The Impossible (2012) is an English-language Spanish production, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), and it is based on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The horrendous destruction is presented through a family, which spent the Christmas holidays in Thailand. At first, Maria (Naomi Watts), her husband Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their three sons enjoys the lovely resort and everything seems to be perfect until a huge wave turns their ideal holiday into a nightmare and washes away their previous life. They lose each other among the waves, get seriously injured, but never give up hope.
Although we might see a typical Hollywood reunion at the end, the intense moments and naturalistic pictures make the whole movie realistic. Besides the individual struggles of the family members, which helps us identify with the characters, we get an insight into the monumental catastrophe by visiting overcrowded hospitals and searching for missed relatives among thousands.
Naomi Watts definitely deserves applause for her marvellous performance, which is proven by the fact that she was nominated for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, and several other awards for best actress. Being a mother in real life helped her play this role, and go through the sufferings, the terrified moments, and unpredictable happenings so deeply as Maria Belón the mother of the survived family had to.
Although the media attempted to reveal the extent of this dreadful happening, I believe that most of us couldn’t imagine what had happened on that day. This film makes us realise how fragile and precious our lives are, and how powerful nature is. Some of us would think that we couldn’t have had the strength to endure the physical and mental pain, but this story helps us believe that impossible does not exist.
More information: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649419/
By: Nóra Takács