Even though The Impossible has a Manmohan Desai moment, you are willing to forgive it, because this is a disaster movie with a big heart. Set against the backdrop of the 2004 tsunami, The Impossible is based on a true story.
The Bennetts—Maria, husband Henry and three sons Lucas (10), Simon (71/2) and Thomas (5) come to Thailand to celebrate Christmas. When the tsunami strikes, the family is separated. What follows is the desperate search through a destroyed landscape (that’s where the MKD moment comes in).
This is a rare disaster movie that instead of intercutting between many tales, chooses to stay with this family. It is also a movie where the special effects do not overwhelm the human story. That the actors are so good helps in ensuring that we care for them. Naomi Watts shines as is expected from her as Maria. We weep with her and her pain is ours. Her scenes with Tom Holland, who plays Lucas, are heartrending. Ewan McGregor is also super brilliant as Henry and it is difficult to remain dry-eyed when he calls home. Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast are beyond cute as Simon and Thomas.
Director Bayona (“The Orphanage”) has created a gripping disaster movie (the scene where the wave strikes is truly horrific) with an emotional core. At the end of the movie, you have been shocked, awe-struck at the fury of nature, wept tears of despair and rejoiced in the triumph of human spirit and generosity. It is a complete Greek tragedy complete with catharsis.
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Cast:Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast
Plot:A family battles for survival
Bottomline:A disaster film with the strong emotional core