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Title: The Impossible
Director: Juan Antonio BayonaTheImpossible_Cover
Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
114 Min./ Spain /Drama

4 out of 5
Reviewed by: Sieto Kooijker

On Boxing Day 2004, the southeast of Asia was hit by a terrible devastating tsunami. It is one of the largest natural disasters in recent history. This film tells the story of a family who experienced this disaster in real life.

Mary and Henry decided to celebrate their Christmas holidays with their sons in Thailand. They arrive the day before Christmas at a beautiful resort on the coast of Thailand. On arrival it appears that their apartment is double booked, so they are offered a seaside apartment. But what should have been a dream trip would soon turn out to become a nightmare.

While the family is playing on the edge of the pool, they are overwhelmed by a towering destructive wave. Mary and her eldest son Lucas get separated from Henry and the two youngest sons. What follows is a story of survival, but even more
a search for reunification of their family.

The movie has been filmed very realistic. It is a violent image to see Maria and Lucas survive in the water. They are taken down and carried away by the force of the water. At the same time you can see how Mary gets all her wounds by the debris in the water. The images sets your teeth on edge.

The performances of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor are formidable. It feels like you almost live their story.
Director Juan Antonio Bayona (Director of El Orfanata) has delivered an excellent movie with his first English-language film.

Rating: 4/5
Review by: Sieto Kooijker
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