A Disaster of Impossible Proportions
There are disasters and then there is “The Impossible,” a Spanish film from the makers of the chilling thriller “The Orphanage.” They include director Juan Antonio Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, working with real-life survivor Maria Belon.
The family’s nationality is changed from Spanish to British. Maria is played by Naomi Watts. Her husband Henry Belon is played by Ewan McGregor.
The couple is on a Christmas vacation at a posh seaside resort in
The stage is set with festive holiday trappings and carefree sun and fun.
Unbeknownst to anyone, one of the worst natural disasters of recent time is about to happen. A
tsunami, spawned by earthquakes far away, hit Asia
with a massive wall of water on Dec. 26, 2004.
“The Impossible” is a saga of relentless, pitiless destruction of everything in the tsunami’s path. When the wave hits, Maria is separated from her husband, but she miraculously finds her eldest son Lucas (Tom Holland), and the two literally cling together for survival.
Watts and McGregor are
powerful professionals, but the real surprise is young Tom Holland in a
“The Impossible” gets a bit relentless and mired literally in the mud and debris, but it is one of the best-made, most convincing disaster movies of all time.