Movie Review: The Impossible will renew your soul.

Don’t eat anything before you go see The Impossible… especially if you’re prone to anxiety. No, there’s not too much in the movie that is difficult to watch in terms of blood. There is some, don’t get me wrong.

But my stomach was more in knots because of the emotional anguish that this family is going through— each in their own way. I was so nervous and downright anxious for these characters throughout the entire film.

You know that the actors and director have done their jobs well when you literally squirm in your seat while watching a movie.



From the opening scene of the movie, the viewer is captivated by this wholesome, regular-looking family. Sure, they’re clearly rich. But somehow we still relate, mostly through Naomi Watts and her unbelievably great acting skills.

Most of these movies make you wait for the disaster to come— not this one. The action hits fast and furious and the sheer look of panic on Watts’ face as the wall of water and debris hits tells you that for the next 30 minutes, only peek at the screen if you’re easily bothered.

I’m not one for spoilers. So I’ll quit with the details.

But these types of movies, movies that reenact real-life disasters, walk a very fine line. They have to present an interesting movie that people will watch and enjoy. The goal is also to explain the tragedy as it happened and make an attempt for the viewer to feel what the victims felt. And the final goal should be to leave the viewer with a lesson.

On these three items, The Impossible scores.

1. The movie is thoroughly enjoyable. The pace is great, your attention is kept rapt and your heart constantly aches.

2. I’ve never been in a tsunami. Not many of us have. However, watching the initial action sequence in this film left me feeling like I was there. After this natural disaster struck in 2004, there were plenty of stories told. But this is one of the few that actually takes you there and puts you in the water with the debris and makes you gasp for breath, all the while asking yourself, “could I have possibly survived that?

3. Did the movie leave me with a lesson? Hell, yeah. It restored my faith in humanity. To watch people take care of complete strangers was somehow a unique thing… and it shouldn’t be. To watch a child overcome his own guilt for not wanting to help another was emotionally draining. And the movie, for being titled The Impossible, really made me peaceful at the conclusion— realizing, in fact, that nothing is impossible. Tragedy is possible. Triumph, however, is equally possible.

After viewing, it is completely understandable why Naomi Watts was nominated for Best Actress… and I believe she has a chance of winning this, even though the film was left out of other major categories. Stay tuned.

And GO SEE THIS MOVIE! I recommend this as much as I didn’t recommend Beasts of the Southern Wild.


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