Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Impossible- review

If you see this movie bring tissues.  This movie will astound you.  The Impossible is based on the true story of a family that survived the tsunami in Thailand in 2004.  The actors are amazing. The story does a great job being subtle and terrifying.  The effects are even quite shocking and will have you glued to the screen.

Maria Bennett, played by Naomi Watts, and her husband Henry, played by Ewan McGregor, take their three children to on a trip to Thailand. At first it’s a decadent paradise until they are hit with a devastating tsunami.  Maria and her eldest son Lucas, played by Tom Holland, are separated from the rest of the family.  Tired and wounded, they find themselves needing medical attention and needing to find the rest of their family. Meanwhile Henry is struggling to find his wife and lost son.

Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland are nothing short of amazing to watch in this movie.  They are strong and sensitive and their desperation is believable in this tragedy. The rest of the cast of this movie is very commendable at their task.  They work well in bringing an air of pathos.

One of the best aspects of a movie like this is that it was able to focus on the family and their great fortune in finding one another and surviving. However, it still gives the audience a reminder that lives were lost and explores the vast death and devastation caused by the disaster.  There are scenes of hope and struggle and it looks amazing doing so.

The effects of this movie are really well done.  The tsunami itself is terrifying and looks incredibly real.  The use of CGI and practical effects look seamless and show exceptional skill.  Then there are wounds and bloody gashes that look incredibly real. These brutal effects make this movie seem a bit more realistic.

The Impossible is a very good movie.  I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a movie that is very dramatic and very emotional.  I wouldn’t recommend it for audiences with children due to the incredibly brutal gore.  If you have a chance, watch it. It’s an incredible story with some amazing acting.

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