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★★★★☆ 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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