The Impossible, 2012.
Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.
A dramatisation of the events of the 2004 Tsunami, following the Bennett family as they struggle for survival.
Creating a film of the 2004 Tsunami was always going to divide audiences on the subject of taste, but no one can argue that Juan Bayona’s The Impossible is quite simply an emotionally rich, gut wrenching film from start to finish.
The challenge Bayona faced was in trying to decide who to focus on. The natural disaster killed approximately 200,000 people so obviously Bayona couldn’t focus on everyone. Luckily he managed to avoid the pitfalls of so many disaster movies (take The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact and so on) by choosing to focus on one family’s real experience. The Impossible is clearly a Westernised film, but when you have Naomi Watts providing one of the best performances of her career, »
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