Taglines: Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.
The Impossible (Spanish: Lo Imposible) is an English-language Spanish disaster drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sánchez. It is based on the experience of María Belón and her family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The cast includes Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. The film received positive reviews from critics for its direction and its acting, especially for Watts who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
About the Story
Henry Bennett (Ewan McGregor), his physician wife Maria (Naomi Watts), and their three sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oakley Pendergrast) go on a Christmas holiday in 2004 to Khao Lak, Thailand, when a tsunami inundates the area.
Maria and Lucas emerge from the swirling water, with Maria having sustained serious injuries. They find a toddler named Daniel in the wreckage and Maria insists on taking along despite Lucas’ reluctance. They are found by locals, who transfer them to a local hospital where Maria encourages Lucas to help others find their family members at the facility. While he is doing that, Maria goes to surgery for her chest injuries and her medical chart is mixed-up with another patient that had died. Lucas returns to find his mother’s bed empty and he is then taken to a tent where children without families are put. The mistake is discovered when Lucas cannot identify any of the dead woman’s jewelry and he is subsequently reunited with his mother.
Simultaneously, Henry, Thomas and Simon together have also survived the tsunami, although Henry is injured. The boys are placed on transport under the watch of a woman to take people to the mountains and Henry remains behind to search for his missing family members. Communication facilities are scarce but eventually a tourist named Karl, who was also separated from his family, lends Henry his cell phone to contact his relatives, and volunteers to accompany Henry to look for Maria and Lucas.
Directed by: Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura, Tom Holland, Sönke Möhring, Ploy Jindachote
Screenplay by: Sergio G. Sánchez
Production Design by: Eugenio Caballero
Cinematography by: Óscar Faura
Film Editing by: Elena Ruiz, Bernat Vilaplana
Costume Design by: Anna Bingemann, Sparka Lee Hall, Maria Reyes
Set Decoration by: Pilar Revuelta
Music by: Fernando Velázquez
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity.
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: September 9, 2012