15 items from 2013
I'm not sure if it's going to be titled Paddington or Paddington Bear, as I've seen it both ways, but the film will be based on Michael Bond's classic children's character that first appeared all the way back in 1958 and went on to be featured in 20 books. The story was inspired when Bond saw a single teddy bear for sale on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station on Christmas Eve. He bought it for his wife and an idea for a story was born. A story of a stuffed bear named Paddington found at the Paddington Railway Station in London by the Brown family. A note attached to his coat read "Please look after this bear. Thank you." The family took the bear home and the stories got underway. In the live-action version Colin Firth will voice the bear as the story finds him battling a taxidermist, »
- Brad Brevet
★★★☆☆ Based on the harrowing true story of one family caught up in the 2004 tsunami, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) returned to screens last year with The Impossible (Lo imposible, 2012), a gruelling yet uplifting tale of human endurance amidst a cataclysmic natural disaster. Much was made at the time of Bayona's decision to change the aforementioned family's nationality from Spanish (Belón) to British (Bennett), presumably to make the film more saleable in English-language territories. Claims of 'white-washing' still remain slightly misplaced, but there is something missing from this well-intentioned drama.
Maria (Naomi Watts), husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and the married couple's three sons (Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast) are en route to a popular Thai coastal resort for a much-needed winter vacation. After spending an idyllic Christmas Day together, the holidaymakers begin their Boxing Day relaxing around the complex's pool. Suddenly, a terrifying roar rises up from the direction of the beach, »
- CineVue UK
Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and director Juan Antonio Bayona discuss the heroism put on display in an exclusive featurette for The Impossible, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD April 23. This critically-acclaimed drama is based on the true story of María Belón and her family, who all managed to survive the devastating tsunami in December of 2004 despite being separated by this destructive event. Go behind-the-scenes of The Impossible before picking up the Blu-ray and DVD next week.
The Impossible - Exclusive "Heroes Featurette"
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 (Naomi Watts) and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, »
A family faces unbelievable odds in the celebrated drama The Impossible, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and newcomer Tom Holland. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and based on the harrowing real-life experience of one family during the Indian Ocean tsunami, the film arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View April 23 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. The Impossible will also be available on Est April 2, three weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release.
Garnering Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her powerful performance, Watts portrays Maria, a mother fighting to reunite her family after one of the largest disasters in recent history. Tom Holland, in his astonishing film debut, »
One of the biggest releases currently in cinemas is The Impossible. Based on true events, it’s a harrowing depiction of one family’s attempt to survive the devastating Tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004. Unfortunately, it has attracted a great deal of controversy. The family, on which the film is based, is Spanish. However, they are played by Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast, all of whom portray a white, middle class, British family.
The Impossible has been criticised for reducing this incomprehensible disaster to the story of this one family, ignoring the countless number of people (most of whom are foreigners to American and British audiences) whose lives were devastated by these events. On his radio show, Mark Kermode raised the interesting question of whether this would have been as big an issue if the family »
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. We recently caught up with the cast, including Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland. Watch as we discuss the impact of these events in our exclusive interviews.
Film: "The Impossible"; Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Ploy Jindachote and Johan Sundberg; Director: Juan Antonio Bayona; Rating: *** - captures hearts with performances.
If the tsunami of Dec 26, 2004, which killed nearly a quarter of a million people in 14 countries, has not touched your lives, then "The impossible' will definitely do that and much more. You are bound to be swept off by the emotional quotient of the killer waves.
Urgent yet measured, like the onrushing tide, "The Impossible" is a real-life disaster film with scenes that would churn your stomach. »
- Lohit Reddy
It was less than ten years ago, but already the Indian Ocean Tsunami has passed from a documentary subject to disaster-movie material. To injurious timing, though, this epic adds the insult of assuming we're only interested in how it affected white people. It's firmly focused on the plight of a British family, separated by the disaster. It's based on a true story, and impressively mounted, but that's no excuse for the myopic tastelessness.
Theatricality is built into Hoffman's directing debut, a gentle senior-centric comedy set in a country home for retired musicians. Opera diva Smith's arrival ruffles feathers and stirs up ancient memories.
- Steve Rose
Expanding this weekend in more theaters is director Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible. Based on a true story, the film stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three boys vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when the tsunami hit. Having survived, but finding themselves separated, the family members search for each other amidst the chaos, encountering strangers caught up in the same situation along the way. The film also stars Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, and Oaklee Pendergast. For more on The Impossible, here are eight clips and the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak to Tom Holland. We talked about how he got involved in the movie, the transition from stage to screen, what surprised him about making a movie, and more. In addition, Holland talked about Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now which also stars Saoirse Ronan. Hit the jump to watch. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The release of the original Airport in 1970 began a new type of cinema genre: the “disaster” movie. For the next ten years or so the big studios (and some small) hit upon the formula of throwing a whole bunch of stars together (often providing work for many former screen gods and goddesses) and have them try to survive a catastrophe. One producer, Irwin Allen, became known as the disaster movie king with The Posiedon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. These films were thought of as grand escapist entertainments, popcorn flicks. But what about a disaster that really happened? True life disasters have been the backdrop for many Hollywood epics such as San Francisco and In Old Chicago. Those films had fictional characters in stories set in those calamities. The Impossible is the story of how a real family dealt with a real event that we all saw news reports of several years ago. »
- Jim Batts
The first weekend of the new year kicks off with Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona's disaster film about the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as a young British couple vacationing in a paradise resort in Khao Lak, Thailand, with their three sons: Lucas (Tom Holland), Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin). What looks like days of laughter and play time winds up being a nightmare for survivial from towering waves and floating debris. Photos: Top Ten: Toronto Film Festival Read what The Hollywood Reporter's film critics have to say about all the films opening this
- Stephanie Chan
"I've seen directors actually scare children to provoke a reaction. I don't know what their concept of acting might be, but they were extraordinary. There was a great understanding of pretend and reality," said Mcgregor.
"They called me and Naomi (Watts). »
- Machan Kumar
For many people December 26th is a day where they realise how much they’ve over eaten, over drank and over spent. For thousands of people, December 26th 2004 was a day where they realised how important their loved ones are, when a Tsunami hit Thailand in one of the worst natural disasters of all time. The Impossible tells the tale of one such family who get separated when the giant wave hits their beach front hotel. A mother (Naomi Watts) and son (Tom Holland) get swept away in the ensuing tidal wave and Father (Ewan McGregor), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) manage to survive and keep near the submerged hotel. What follows from there is a movie that pushes a constant message of hope as McGregor’s character decides that his family are still alive and goes on an epic search to find them. This is really an incredible true story. »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Director J.A. Bayona burst onto the scene to widespread acclaim back in 2007 with the Guillermo Del Toro backed The Orphanage, an impressive ghost story filled with the classical sense of dread Del Toro himself excels out while telling a deeply personal story. Instead of going on the horror movie merry-go-round which has taken so many promising directors over recent years, Bayona instead aimed for the stars, using a big budget and big names to tell a “true” story of the horrific Boxing Day Tsunami and one family’s struggle to find each other in its wake.
It’s not hard to get worked up by the events of The Impossible, the sheer tragedy which struck was splashed all over our TV screens for weeks »
- Ian Loring
★★★★☆ Five years after making a powerful impression with terrifying ghost story The Orphanage (2007), Spanish writer and director Juan Antonio Bayona turns his attention to the tsunami that wreaked havoc on thousands of unsuspecting victims on December 26, 2004. Though not an immediate horror, The Impossible (2012) shares several similarities with The Orphanage, most prominently in the deep-rooted terror that pervades its entirety. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) take their three children - Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) - on a Christmas holiday to Thailand.
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- CineVue UK
15 items from 2013
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