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The Impossible 2012

  • 7.7
    TVGLU rating 7.7/10 5217 votes
  • 7.2/10
    TMDB rating
  • 7.6/10
    IMDB rating
  • PG-13
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Overview

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.
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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?
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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. nnThe 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. nnOn a more general level, the film can feel manipulative, from the tear jerking score, to the multiple carefully framed
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Naomi Watts

Maria Bennett

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Ewan McGregor

Henry Bennett

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Tom Holland

Lucas Bennett

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Samuel Joslin

Thomas Bennett

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Oaklee Pendergast

Simon Bennett

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Marta Etura

Simone

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Sönke Möhring

Karl Schweber

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Geraldine Chaplin

Old Woman

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Ploy Jindachote

Caregiver

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Jomjaoi Sae-Limh

Red Cross Nurse

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Johan Sundberg

Daniel

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Jan Roland Sundberg

Daniel's Father

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La-Orng Thongruang

Old Thai Man

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Tor Klathaley

Young Thai Man

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Douglas Johansson

Mr. Benstrom

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John Albasiny

Oliver Tudpole

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Gitte Witt

Norwegian Patient

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