Film: The Impossible
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast
An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
What I thought of it:
In 2004, the Bennett family went to Thailand for Christmas, and had the worst holiday in history.
On Boxing Day 2004, a tsnuami obliterated the coastal zone where the Bennetts (based on the Belóns – yes, this is a true story!) were staying, sweeping them away from each other. This film is an account of what they went through. Hell on earth, basically.
I bawled my eyes out from almost the very beginning. It’s very hard to watch a family being torn apart like that, especially when you have a small child yourself – you cannot help but put yourself in their shoes and imagine how it must feel to believe your entire family has been wiped out in one fell swoop.
Everything about this film is brilliant – the performances from the leads (McGregor and Watts) are superb, but it was Holland in the role of the eldest son (a young teenager) who absolutely blew me away with his depth and range. That boy has a sterling future ahead of him if this is any indication of his capabilities.
I’ve already mentioned this is a difficult film to watch – the scenes of total devastation are horrifying, the injuries suffered by the family are gut-wrenching, and their search for one another is heart-rending – but it is well worth seeing. It has certainly renewed my appreciation of my own family and has be agape with awe at the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Terrifying, horrifying, and impossibly beautiful.