Film Screening 21st March, 2013

Poster for The Impossible

The Impossible 

8:00 PM, 21st March, 2013

  • M
  • 114 mins
  • 2012
  • Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Sergio G. Sánchez
  • Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin

The Impossible is based on the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, classed as one of the world’s worst natural disasters. The film follows a family separated in the devastation, frantically searching for each other whilst coping with grief and surviving the unbelievably horrific conditions of a disaster that killed almost 300,000 people.

Henry Bennett (McGregor), Maria (Watts) and their three sons holiday in Thailand. As the tsunami strikes suddenly and waves rise to 30 metres, Maria and eldest son Lucas (Holland) are separated from Henry and their two younger sons, Thomas (Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast).

Ewan McGregor, as always, is brilliant. The force and desperation of his performance is spectacular. And Naomi Watts gives the intense performance of a lifetime as a woman seeing her family torn apart by a disaster so far beyond her control.

Not only does The Impossible give the audience a very realistic and graphic depiction of all of the unimaginable devastation of the Boxing Day tsunami, it gives hope and shows the power of the human spirit; people generously risking their lives to help others, the comfort and support offered by strangers and so much love and determination in the face of a tragedy when all hope should be lost.

Be prepared for this incredible story of actual events and survival against all odds.

Elyshia Hopkinson