Cert (UK): 12A
Runtime: 114 mins
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura, Naomi Watts, Oaklee Pendergast, Ploy Jindachote, Samuel Joslin, Tom Holland
The opening scene showcases the beauty and stunning nature of Thailand in all its beauty and splendor. The Bennett families were on a Christmas holiday at a resort aptly named paradise. Henry Bennett (Ewan McGregor), a British businessman working in Japan and his wife Maria (Naomi Watts), a stay at home mother of three. Like any other family on holiday the spend time at the beach, went snorkeling in the crystalline water and enjoy family meals out. Over the course of the holiday Henry speaks to Maria about his concerns at work and there is a chance he might get laid off. Maria suggests they move back to England where she can go back to work as a doctor to contribute towards the family. They sweep the decision aside so they can focus on their holiday. While sat by the pool enjoying their holiday the tsunami strikes. The aftermath sees the family separated. Lucas (Tom Holland) manages to find his mother who was seriously injured. He steps up into the role of protector, determined to keep her alive and safe. They encounter a group of local that take them to the hospital. Henry also survived the devastation to find his two young boys, Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast). Neither party knows the others are alive, and the pain of separation is palpable. Henery makes the decision to send the kids to the mountains so he can search for his wife and eldest son. During his search he encounters people in similar situations, whom had lost everything. He was hoping his story would be different.
Overall Rating **** (4) out of 5
After the tsunami scene I could not stop crying, every frame was devastating for me. I cannot begin to imagine going through something of that magnitude and if I did I do not think I would have the composure to step up and be of any help. My well wishes go out the Bennett’s
Tom Holland is stunning in his portrayal of Lucas, he showed the emotion that is expected of a young boy his age caught up in an unimaginable situation. Samuel Joslin grows from a scared little boy into a man with the utterance of a single line “ Close your eyes and think of something nice”. During the movie my friend Tobi spotted Oaklee Pendergast as the cheeky little kid in the weetabix advert (must see ad) he also does good.
There was a minor argument between my friends and I about the name of the movie. I felt the title the Impossible did not describe the story been told. We finally concluded that they was way too many coincidences occurring in their favour so yes,the impossible did happen (Still not the right name though) we see where they are coming from. The entire movie for me was very moving and pulled every string in my heart. I will recommend it to anyone with the advice to take a handkerchief.