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The Impossible (2012)

Lo imposible (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 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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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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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$18,996,755 (USA) (12 April 2013)
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Lucas, who becomes a hero to his mother and the others in the film, is played by Tom Holland. Tom Holland also appears in the 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War, and the 2017 Spider-Man reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, as the titular webslinger himself. See more »

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When Henry is first shown after the tsunami hits, his hair is dry and mostly neat. He immediately starts calling for Lucas and Maria, and his hair all of a sudden is very wet. 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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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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.55 (2012) 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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A Near Perfect Tear-Jerk Thriller
31 December 2012 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is brought to shockingly realistic life in J. A. Bayona's ten minute sequence near the beginning of the harrowing true-life survival tale, "The Impossible." With little to no CGI and using mostly scale models and a giant water tank, Bayona throws the viewers into the wave along with stars Naomi Watts (astonishing) and young Tom Holland (revelatory as Watts' son). Told from the point of view of a family on holiday in Thailand, the story makes for a riveting family-centered emotional drama. The rest of the cast is outstanding as well, and there's a strong humanist approach applied to depicting this wide-spread multi-national disaster.

It might pull on the heartstrings a bit "too much" in some sequences, but the manipulation is apt in telling this real-life drama.

Overall - an unforgettable, draining but uplifting film experience.

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