Grade • A-
DVD • "The Impossible" was the best movie you didn't want to see last year. It's an emotionally wrenching, technically brilliant and visually stunning re-enactment of the 2004 tsunami that killed thousands of people along the Indian Ocean seen through the experiences of one European family that survived it.
Parents Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) and their sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) are enjoying a Christmas holiday in a Thai resort when the tsunami strikes. The family is separated, with Lucas and a badly injured Maria wading through debris, while Henry and the other boys joining a stream of refugees.
Director J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage") finds horror and inspiration in this survival story, creating scenes that are unflinching and heart-breaking. Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance, and young Holland are particularly moving.
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