Friday, April 04, 2014

The Impossible directed by Juan Antonio Bayona

What would you do if you were violently separated from your family in a foreign country during a powerful natural disaster? This captivating Spanish film is based on the true story of Maria and Henry Bennett, played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and their three young sons who happened to be vacationing in Thailand when the 2004 tsunami hit the coast. The family is relaxing by the hotel pool when a massive wall of water filled with debris suddenly rushes in, snatching up everyone and everything in its path. Not only do the Bennetts end up miles apart, but Maria is badly injured. What follows is a heartrending account of how this resilient family never gives up hope that they will find one another in spite of the complete chaos and devastation all around them.

The special effects in this movie are very impressive, and it’s fascinating to see how a terrible event such as this one can bring out both the best and the worst in human interaction. Make time to be swept away by The Impossible. You will be spellbound and uplifted by the Bennett family’s incredible experience. To see how citizens of the United States might react if a similar nationwide disaster were to happen here, check out After Armageddon. If you’re in the mood for an even gloomier viewpoint, try The Shock Doctrine, another thought-provoking documentary.

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