The Impossible

The Impossible
  • 2013
  • Spain
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JA Bayona
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland
  • UK release: 1 January 2013

In a drama inspired by real events, Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons are holidaying in Thailand in Christmas 2004 when the tsunami hits. Bravura filmmaking from Orphanage director Bayona: McGregor has seldom been better, Holland is terrific and Watts invests her character with selfless heroism. A major film.

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Director Juan Antonio Bayona discusses tsunami drama The Impossible

18 Dec 2012

The film, which stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, is based on the true story of the Balon family

In 2007, Juan Antonio Bayona delivered one of the year’s most effective horror films, The Orphanage. Five years on, he’s back with new film The Impossible. And you might say the 37-year-old Spaniard has achieved just that, creating an experience that’s…

The Impossible

18 Dec 20124 stars

A powerful recollection of the 2006 tsunami, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts

It is hard to recall a film with the raw, visceral impact of The Impossible. Inspired by true events from the 2004 tsunami, it recreates the sense of nature being unleashed with astonishing verisimilitude. Buildings crumble and individuals become like…

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