Flash Movie Review: The Impossible

I cannot remember the last time I have seen a movie that drained me as much as this remarkable film. The intensity, the human hardships, the physical challenges, all left me spent and exhausted. The trailers should have mentioned that tissues were required for all show times; tears periodically slipped out of my eyes during the movie. I am eternally grateful that I have not experienced a catastrophic event. The only awarenesses I have formed have been through media sources. After witnessing the amazing special effects in recreating the December 26th tsunami of 2004, I have a whole new knowledge on the variety of damages that can be inflicted on the human body. This movie was based on the true story of one family’s ordeal after a tsunami struck the Thailand coastal town where they were on holiday. Naomi Watts (J. Edgar, 21 Grams) was amazing in her role as the mother Maria. She may receive an Oscar nomination for this role; she exuded pain and suffering. Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) played Maria’s husband Henry. The real standouts of the cast were the three boys who played the sons of Maria and Henry. They were relative newcomers Tom Holland as eldest son Lucas, Samuel Joslin as middle child Thomas and Oaklee Pendergast as the youngest son Simon. In my opinion, Tom Holland was so good with his acting; I would not be surprised if he got a nomination for it. Adding a poignant element I felt was the inclusion of several actual survivors as extras. I have mentioned this before, that I try not to compare one person’s challenges to another. After feeling like an observer to this dramatic thriller, I am not only humbled; but I have been reminded that no matter how big I feel my problems are, they are not a life or death situation. May no one ever experience such a disaster again. Scenes of blood and bodily injuries.


3 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 23, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I’ve been on the fence about watching this one because I thought they would be too obvious pulling the heart strings. But based off your and others reviews it looks like they did not go for the hanfisted approach. Thanks for the review.

  2. Great post. The trailer itself is enough to bring tears to the eyes; cannot wait to see this movie. There is also a definite pattern now in Naomi Watts’s filmography – it seems that she is in almost every film I would consider very difficult – emotionally (from moving ‘The Painted Veil’ to disturbing ‘Funny Games U.S’, not to mention ’21 Grams’, ‘Mulholland Drive, etc, etc.)

  3. I saw the trailer and a friend complained of how arrogant it is that the story of only Americans is told while scores of Thais did too but Hollywood isn’t telling their story. Still I want to see it.

  4. First time to your blog in response to your “like” of my post.. Kind of surprised you picked a post to like about my cancer…but I am happy to meet you…There is a lot of info here and well done reviews….Michelle

    • Coming from a family that avoids talking about anyone’s disease, I felt motivated to like your post as a way to acknowledge your journey. Also, it took me some time to realize it is healthier to talk about one’s feelings during such times. Thank you for leaving your comment and may healing light surround you. Namaste

  5. Great post. This is the only disaster movie that felt like a horror picture for me. Really great performances from everyone. Hope to see Tom Holland in more rolls after this

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