The Impossible (2012) PG-13

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The film ‘The Impossible’ is based on the true story of the Alvárez family, changed to Bennett in film, while on vacation in Thailand in December of 2004. Their vacation was going great until the day after Christmas when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean caused one the the most devastating tsunamis in history.

Watching ‘The Impossible’ I was definitely kept on the edge of my seat for many moments throughout the film. While Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, as Maria and Henry Bennett, did an excellent job bringing you into the film, it was Tom Holland, as Lucas Bennett, whose character was the main star carrying the film. Between the intense scenes right after the tsunami hit to later in the film, when he was trying to help out others, you couldn’t help but find yourself supporting and feeling for him. As for the film itself the beginning seemed to start out a little slow but that definitely changed once the tsunami hit. From then on there was pretty much action at every turn, with little spots to take a breath.

This film is rated PG-13 and for good reason. From the moment the tsunami hits till the end credits roll there is hardly a shot where you don’t see blood, wounds, or someone coughing up blood. One example would be Maria when her and Lucas were walking around looking for help and you see a huge bloody gash on the back of her leg along with a quick shot of a bloody nipple. In another scene you see what Maria goes through as she is being pushed, pulled, and thrown around under water for about three minutes. (Several sources I’ve read about what really happened said that the doctors told the real Maria that she was under water for about that long) ‘The Impossible’ will bring out your emotions and fears for the characters. It’s not a film for young ones or those who don’t like crier films, but if you enjoy movies based on true events this film is a good, emotional, thrilling flick. I would recommend this film for adults and those over 13 who can handle intense true life scenes.

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