Friday, December 21, 2012

The Impossible

Inspired by true events, this is the story of one family vacationing at a luxury resort in Thailand in December of 2004 when a devastating tsunami hits.  Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as the parents of three young boys, all five of whom are unexpectedly taken by storm.

I must say, I'm a sucker for good tearjerkers and melodrama.  Last year we were blessed with 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close', and those who responded to that film will surely enjoy 'The Impossible'.   It's a really well made film, with Oscar caliber performances across the board.  And the tsunami is one of the most breathtaking things I've seen all year.  (It's reminiscent of the one at the beginning of 'Hereafter' in 2010, but even more intense, and as a whole this is a much, much better film.)  Like the beginning of 'Flight', experiencing this film is almost like being in the disaster itself, and it's terrifying.  But it gives you a real look into what some have to face and how heroes emerge out of the most unlikely situations.

Grade: A

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