Review: It is often in the face of a calamity that one realizes the true meaning of love, family and togetherness. You’re some place today planning for a better tomorrow but Mother Nature has her own plans. One cannot win her over as much as they’d prefer.
The 2004 tsunami that rose from the bed of the Indian Ocean is considered to be one of the most devastating natural calamities to have happened, ’cause of it’s massive area of destruction as well as the lives it simply swept away in just a few minutes. The Impossible is a film based on this calamity, one of the worst of our time, told from the perspective of a family who flew down from their country of residence to Thailand to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Little did they know that their lives were going to change forever. The Impossible shows the strife, the struggle that the family goes through to find each other among the melee of thousands of other estranged families. Ewan McGregor proves himself to be a good actor as much as Tom Holland does, who plays the eldest son of the couple – soon on the way to becoming a superb actor. The highlight however is Naomi Watts. She has proved her fine acting prowess time and again and continues to sparkle here too, despite the condition she has been shown to be in in the film. A caring mother, a loving wife, she is everything here, a complete packaged deal one may say.
Despite having minor heart-wrenching moments, especially when you find yourself as the empathetic soul, the film does not mange to keep up the pace with which it started. Of course, the fear of water is something you are bound to feel while you’re in the theatre watching the film. Probably one of the few films where one may find themselves fearing the depth of the deep blue sea and the mystery it beholds. The last time something like this happened was many years back when Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was telecast on television. Director Juan Antonio Bayona manages to revive that fear in the true sense of the word.
If Naomi Watts’ beautiful looks and even more beautiful English accent has pleased you in the past, you must go and watch the film. Apart from that, you may want to give it a miss since most of us wish to unwind with happy films after the end of a long, stressful week. There is a happy ending here too, with a tad-bit of a difference. What took my breath away was the bond and the affection that the three brothers share. One of the few films that shall teach you to be positive in a given situation as well as believe the concept of Carpe Diem.
Verdict: A neat attempt at portraying a true story of an estranged family. An average watch.
Release date: Jan 4, 2013
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast
Director: J.A. Bayona
Music: Fernando Velazquez
Length: 1 hr 58 mins
Writer: Sergio G. Sanchez