“Close your eyes and think of something nice,” says Maria to her son.
I doubt that the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 would come to mind. Nine years ago near the west coast of Sumatra the fate of millions changed forever due to one of the deadliest natural disasters humanity has faced. Quarter of a million people were dead or missing, and millions were left homeless. But an incredible real-life story of survival, and what’s truly important, unfolds among the ruins.
The Impossible is the first re-enactment of the 2004 tsunami directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and features Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as parents Maria and Henry.
Maria and Henry enjoy an idyllic Christmas holiday in Thai holiday with their three sons. On Boxing Day morning, the tsunami hits their resort and separates the family. “Is it over?” Lucas asks his mother. Though we know it has not started yet.
The movie is an interchanging play of highs and lows – a wake-up call for the true value of human bonds and realising that you are not alone.
The Impossible does not spare us the grim depiction of nature’s brutality, human suffering and death. However, bearing in mind that the family’s story of hope, love, survival and courage among the ruins is a true one, it is also an exception. And for many that are left homeless, injured or even worse, the story does not have a happy ending.
The Impossible is now available to but on DVD and Blu-Ray
Article written by Ellie de Rose.