Last weekend my daughter and I saw the movie, The Impossible. Let me first say, that I really didn't want to see this film. Living through the Teton Dam disaster years ago, I know what it is like to wonder if your loved ones are alive or dead. However, I also know that my experience wasn't nearly as horrific as those who survived the Thailand tsunami of December 26, 2004 which is what this film is base on.
There were moments during the show when I was upset that I'd let my daughter talk me into going, but as the story unfolded and as I became emotionally invested in the characters, I realized this is more than a survival movie. This is a movie about faith, a movie about love, and a movie about hope.
The film is based on the true story of the Bennett family. Naomi Watts plays Maria (she is nominated for an Oscar for this role). Her husband, Henry, is played by Ewan McGregor. The Bennetts have three sons: Lucas, Tomas, and Simon. The family is on holiday over Christmas at a tropical paradise resort in Khao Lak, Thailand.
I still don't know how they shot some of the scenes when the water hit. Camera angles captured so much. There were times that I felt I was in the water with them. And the scene of devastation left behind was remarkably real. I've seen first-hand what a flood does, and it isn't pretty. The only thing missing in this film is the smell. If you've been to a flooded area you know what I'm talking about. I can't imagine how anyone survived that tsunami.
The actors did a terrific job. You'll fall in love with the three boys. I know I did.
The film is rated PG-13. Please be warned that there are some graphic injury scenes. Here's a movie trailer that gives you some idea of what the movie is like.