The Impossible: Film Review


When a film like ‘The Impossible’ comes along, there’s always accompanying question of ‘Is it too soon to make a film about this?’ In the case of ‘The Impossible’, it’s the December 26 2004 Tsumani, the biggest natural disaster of our time.

Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, ‘The Impossible’ is based on a true story of a separated family’s struggle to find each other once the Tsunami hit. Watching ‘The Impossible’ will bring through a range of emotions, shock, horror, disbelief and this is backed by the knowledge we have of the events. It’s also inspiring and will leave you uplifted.

Ewan McGregor and Noami Watts are superb as Maria and Henry, parents to three boys will arrive in Thailand for the Christmas holidays but Tom Holland who plays their eldest son, Lucas, shows himself to be a fine young actor and definitely one to watch.

There’s no denying parts of this film are hard to watch and credit must be given to Bayona and his crew for fantastic direction, cinematography and set design. The first part of the movie focuses on the family arriving for their holiday in the serene setting but knowing something is going to happen, the watcher always has an edgey feeling. That’s why the actual tsumani sequence had to be so well filmed and put together. Filmically it’s stunning, humanly it’s an emotional roller coaster. As with any well scripted film, it’s the story that hooks you in and away from the disaster scenes, it’s the compassion, love, hope and never say die spirit, that’s get you straight in your core.

An amazing piece of work, bring the tissues.