By sora_thekey 3 Comments
Usually disaster movies follow a simple parameter, a happy and loving setting is ripped away by the sudden calamity that keeps the audience guessing if the main characters will survive or not.The Impossible doesn't stray from that plot, except that this time I actually believed it. I never thought a movie could physically hurt....
Like I mentioned above, this movie doesn't stray far from the norm, but because it was based on a true story you couldn't help but lose that sense of disbelief. The story revolves around a family who spend their Christmas holiday in the beautiful beaches of Thailand. The Bennet family suffers from a great deal of wonderful joy only to be cut off by the cruelty of nature. This is the point in the movie where 2004's Indian Ocean Tsunami hits and washes away this beautiful setting.
Anybody who knows me well can tell you that if I put the popcorn down during a movie, "things just got real". The simple wave that tore away the spirit of Naomi Wattsand Ewan McGregor's characters made such an impact that I held my breath until I could see the characters above water. Straight on from there the movie painfully depicts the family's suffering. It showed little of the gore that disasters like these can bring, but even so, throughout those scenes I strongly held on to my seat, forced my back into it, bit my lip and clenched my jaw.
It just took moments to destroy this happy family that had been established at the beginning of the movie, and that's not a bad thing. The problem was that after having such a strong beginning the climax fell short by just a little, but I'm not complaining. I loved it nonetheless.
The Verdict - 4.5 out of 5
It succesfully made me feel empathy for not just the physical pain this family was going through, but also the emotional torture they experienced. Any movie that can transmit that much pain and emotion onto the audience deserves praise.