Sunday, 15 December 2013

'The Impossible' Film Review

Based on a true story, 'The Impossible' tells of a family's chaotic struggle after the 2004 East Asia tsunami.

Henry (Ewan McGregor), Maria (Naomi Watts) and their three boys go on holiday to Thailand for Christmas, but get swept up in a catastrophic tsunami. Initially separated, Maria finds her eldest son Lucas, but with the others nowhere to the seen, the two attempt to make their way to safety before trying to find their family. But with Maria's injuries getting more and more severe, her life hands by a thread. 

Will Henry and his two young sons be able to reunite with Maria in time? 

Eight years after the disaster, 'The Impossible' opens with a frightening dramatism and a realism that may haunt those affected. The impact of the effects, both visually and audibly gives intensity and huge impact. The first thing to notice is the sheer bravery of the movie in not shying away from the truth.

The visual imagery (wounds/blood and all) inflicts pain on the viewer and does not allow you to sit idly through. Whether physically, emotionally or psychologically, you empathise with the characters and are very much involved and engaged with their desperate struggle for survival and reunification with their family.

Spanning just two days or so in the movie but at around two hours long, the film at times feel dragged out and longer than necessary. Nonetheless, the movie is powerful and ends with a message of hope.

Ewan McGregor- Henry
Naomi Watts- Maria

Nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and SAG, Naomi Watts' performance is deeply powerful and moving, one showing a woman of strength and resilience. She carries the movie effectively and supported well by Ewan McGregor.

'The Impossible' is a powerful movie, both in its shocking realism but as a movie to inspire and to instill hope. Though at times painful to watch physically and emotionally, led by the brilliant Naomi Watts. The only downside is that it feels somewhat exaggerated at times and somewhat too long in length. Nonetheless, it is a strong and moving film that deserves a watch.

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