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by Todd Newton (subscribe)
Published January 17th 2013
Should you go see 'The Impossible'?
The Impossible is one of those films that drives a reaction from audiences, whether it makes you cry, cringe or stare in an enchanted glance at the screen in awe of the film's central message.

Image appears courtesy of Summit Entertainment

The themes of courage, love, kinship, and faith are heavily permeated in the film where a consistent allusion to 'Looking up at the Stars' is used to reiterate the film's central message of hope to audiences. Watching the film, you will feel an intense compassion for not just the primary family but also for the hundreds of other victims represented in the film.

What makes the film even more compelling is that it is based on the true story of the Belon family whom encountered the boxing day tsunami in 2006. In Thailand, the family's peaceful vacation aside the resort pool is disrupted by feeble tremors in the ground, only for the family to see the mass tsunami wave that strikes the resort with the force of a runaway train. The plot of the film then deals with the reality of separation, that from loved ones as the Belon family are thrusted apart by the force for several miles.

Image appears courtesy of Summit Entertainment

What follows the story next are the challenges posed by the mother and her eldest son, juxtaposed with the father's frantic attempts to locate the rest of his family. Audiences will see many of the obstacles that the family is dealt with in finding one another, with many twists and turns in the storyline. The narrative of the film is very profound where you will realise that surviving is not the principal achievement, it's the act of surviving for someone.

If you are easily queasy in the stomach, you may want to keep in mind that gore and grit are present in the film. You will see the severe effects that the Boxing Day tsunami had on the survivors and the dead. It really conveys the terrible realities of the catastrophic event and delves into a much deeper scope on the personal experiences of those involved, so make sure to eat something before you enter the theatre.

Image appears courtesy of Summit Entertainment

One word can only describe the quality of acting in the film, phenomenal!. As you watch the film, you really believe that you are watching real emotions, real circumstances, and real interactions between the family. The repore between Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as husband and wife make you really believe they are in love, and love their three children. The film certainly has no shortage of emotion where you feel the tears exhibited by all actors in the film. It is certainly worthy of several nominations for numerous high profile acting awards.

But what gives The Impossible that extra dimension of realism is in the way the film was produced. With 35 000 gallons of water released by the production on the set, and by filming in the locations struck by the tsunami, the director has achieved his goal to supplement the film with real stunts, real sets, and real risks. Hence, realism is the word and The Impossible certainly achieved it!

So if you really want to see a gripping film this summer with a thought provoking storyline on what a family truly is, I implore you to see The Impossible.

It is a riveting film indeed!

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