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The Impossible (2012)
"Lo imposible" (original title)

 -  Drama | History  -  4 January 2013 (USA)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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La-Orng Thongruang ...
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Young Thai Man
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Mr. Benstrom
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A regular family - Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids - travel to Thailand to spend Christmas. They get an upgrade to a villa on the coastline. After settling in and exchanging gifts, they go to the pool, like so many other tourists. A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes a roar. There is no time to escape from the tsunami; Maria and her eldest are swept one way, Henry and the youngest another. Who will survive, and what will become of them? Written by Ronaldo Ferreira

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Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.

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Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

€30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,818 (USA) (21 December 2012)

Gross:

$18,996,755 (USA) (12 April 2013)
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Trivia

The family on which this story is based upon were present during the whole shooting process. They were giving tips, especially 'Maria Belon' who is portrayed by Naomi Watts. The whole family also attended the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012. See more »

Goofs

When Lucas is speaking to his mother Maria in the plane on the way back home, the oxygen bottles behind the bed displays 0 bar. See more »

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Title Card: On December 26th, 2004,the deadliest tsunami on record hit the South East Coast of Asia. The lives of countless families all over the world changed forever. This is the true story of one of those families.
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Crazy Credits

The title and the rest of the credits do not appear until the end of the film. The only credits that appear at the beginning are the production companies' logos and an explanation of how the Tsunami came about. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (2013) See more »

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Kamalani
(Rivera, Larry)
Performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
©1995 by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. / Mountain Aplle Company
EMI Music Publishing Spain S A
All rights reserved.
International Copyright secured.
Use under kind permission by B1M1 Recordings Lda / Mountain Apple Company
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An amazing story, but some questions about the telling
6 December 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Amazing effects and stunts, along with and solid performances balance out some artistic lapses and ethical questions in this true story of one family's experiences of the horrendous Tsunami that killed 300,000.

The downsides; there's something a little off-putting about choosing a white, privileged family as a focus, while at the same time showing almost exclusively other white people as suffering and afraid in a disaster that killed far more local people than tourists. The Thai's are certainly shown in a good light, kindly helping all these suffering whites, but even in the hospital, almost every face we see in a bed is a white one. That hint of odd racial insensitivity is also underlined by replacing the original family, who were Spanish and dark, and making them into a gorgeous blond English family, a telling choice in a 'true' story.

On a more general level, the film can feel manipulative, from the tear jerking score, to the multiple carefully framed "will they spot each other?" shots that feel like a horror film's self-conscious suspense fames, but that cinematic technique feels distractingly artificial in this more naturalistic setting.

There's no question it's exciting and at times quite moving, but I couldn't help thinking I might have felt even more deeply if it wasn't pushing so hard to control my emotions.


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