The Impossible (Spanish: Lo imposible) is a 2012 English-language Spanish disaster drama film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona It was written by Sergio G. Sánchez, stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and tells the true story of a Spanish (though their nationalities are intentionally unspecified in the film) family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Impossible – Plot
The film tells the true story of Maria and Henry Belon, played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, respectively, and their three children. It starts as the family begins their Christmas vacation in Thailand, with the intention of spending a few days at a tropical paradise resort. Their idyllic vacation is interrupted on the morning of December 26, 2004, when a devastating tsunami destroys the coastal zone. In surviving the disaster, the family is separated and a desperate search to reunite ensues.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Impossible – Cast
Naomi Watts as Maria
Ewan McGregor as Henry
Tom Holland as Lucas
Samuel Joslin as Thomas
Oaklee Pendergast as Simon
Geraldine Chaplin as Old Woman
Simon Blyberg as Ferdinand
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Impossible – Production
The film was a co-production of Spanish film companies Apaches Entertainment and Telecinco Cinema, and employed much of the same crew fromThe Orphanage, including the director, writer, production manager, cinematographer, composer, and editor.Principal photography began August 23, 2010 in Alicante, Spain, and continued in October in Thailand.
Director Juan Antonio Bayona decided not to specify the nationalities of the main characters in order to create a universal film in which nationalities were irrelevant to the plot.
The film marks the second collaboration between Watts and McGregor after appearing together in the 2005 film Stay.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Impossible – Release
Warner Bros. released the film in Spain on October 11, 2012. The United States distribution rights were pre-bought by Summit Entertainment. A teaser trailer was released on December 26, 2011. After a full-length English-language trailer was released on August 20, 2012 a United States release date was confirmed by Summit of December 21, 2012. The Impossible had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, where it received critical acclaim. The film was released on October 11, 2012 in Spain and in North America on December 21, 2012 by Summit Entertainment.
Movie2k Watch Movies – The Impossible – Reception
The Impossible – Critical response
Early reviews for the film were positive, with much praise going to the performances of Watts, McGregor and newcomer Tom Holland. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 78% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 79 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10. It currently has an 83% rating with the audience. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film currently holds an average score of 75, based on 29 reviews, which indicates “generally favorable reviews.”
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a perfect four star rating, praising the performances of Watts and McGregor, as well as the direction of Bayona. He would go on to call it “one of the best films of the year”.
Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a very positive review, praising the performances of the two leading stars, stating that “Watts packs a huge charge of emotion as the battered, ever-weakening Maria whose tears of pain and fear never appear fake or idealized. McGregor, cut and streaked with excessive blood he seems too distraught to wash away, keeps the tension razor-sharp as he pursues his family in a vast, shattered landscape.” About the film itself she added, “The Impossible is one of the most emotionally realistic disaster movies in recent memory — and certainly one of the most frightening in its epic re-creation of the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.”
Justin Chang of Variety magazine also gave the film a positive review, praising Bayona’s directing and Sánchez’s writing: “Collaborating again after their impressive 2007 debut feature, The Orphanage, Bayona and Sanchez get many things right here, starting with their decision to eschew a more panoramic view of the disaster to follow one family’s journey from start to finish.” About the performances of the main cast members he added, “Watts has few equals at conveying physical and emotional extremis, something she again demonstrates in a mostly bedridden role, and McGregor, in one of his better recent performances, manages to turn a simple phone call home into a small aria of heartbreak. Holland, in his live-action bigscreen debut, is wonderful as a kind, somewhat short-tempered kid who still has plenty to learn, setting the tone for similarly heartrending turns by young Joslin and Pendergast.”
Damon Wise of The Guardian gave the film four stars out of five. He also praised the performances, stating that “as Maria, Watts is both brave and vulnerable, and her scenes with the young Lucas (the excellent Tom Holland) are among the film’s best, with adult and child now unexpected equals, the mother humbled, the son rising to the challenge. McGregor, meanwhile, gives one of his best performances as the sad and desperate Henry, trying to play the hero, the provider, while knowing his cause is almost certainly lost.” About the film, he added: “Part of the appeal of this affecting and powerful drama is that it puts the viewer right in the moment at every stage, using authentic locations and tsunami survivors to hammer home the reality of this tragedy.”
Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a “B-” grade, and stated that the film “suffers from the greater problem of emphasizing a feel-good plot within the context of mass destruction.”
The Impossible – Response from tsunami victims
The London Daily Mail reported that British survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami felt “horrified,” “ambushed,” and were reduced to tears by the film’s trailer, which was screened in cinemas prior to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Tsunami Support UK, a support group for survivors of the tsunami, lobbied to have the trailer screened with a warning notice beforehand. A spokesman for Odeon Cinemas stated that it had no control over the content of the BBFC-approved trailer, saying, “We can only apologise for any offence caused on this occasion.”
The Impossible – Box office performance
In Spain the film was released on October 11, 2012 and opened in 638 theaters, grossing $11,569,306 on its opening weekend, ranking #1 with a per theater average of $18,134. That is the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a film in Spain. On its second weekend the film remained at #1 and grossed $9,016,065 with a per theater average of $14,022. On its third weekend it remained at #1 and made $5,768,184 with a per theater average of $9,098.
- Alicante Spain
- Christmas Vacation
- Desperate Search
- Devastating Tsunami
- Drama Film
- Ewan Mcgregor
- Film Companies
- Geraldine Chaplin
- Henry Tom
- Indian Ocean Tsunami
- Naomi Watts
- Principal Photography
- Spanish Film
- Tom Holland
- Tropical Paradise Resort
- Universal Film
- Vacation In Thailand