The Impossible This is the story of a young family in Thailand caught in the destruction and the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 whilst on holiday. With some great scenery and good acting, it is a well made and impressive film. The tsunami is recreated using models rather than CGI and this works really well, adding a realism to the opening scenes that really stays with you. The injuries, chaos and story are all high impact and the characters develop well which makes you really care about their plight. Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland are all superb in their roles of shattered victims of the tragedy and the highs and lows are nicely managed. The wide, sweeping shots of the devastation are nicely done and they give the story of one family some context. The film received some negative comments for changing the nationality of the real family involved but overall, it is the wonder of the story and the scale of the loss that really matters. Harrowing but worth it.
7.5 out of 10
Cert 12A (UK)