There aren’t many more terrifying things in this world than a tsunami. What makes a tsunami’s so scary is the seemingly eerie calm before one actually hits.
At least that’s what Hollywood would have us believe.
The tragic Thailand Tsunami of 2004 is probably the most famous Tsunami in modern history. It was inevitable that Hollywood would want to explore that drama filled event. There’s always a fine line with trying to dramatize a real life tragedy like this, without appearing exploitative. Hollywood special effects can often make the events feel unreal and for me actually takes away from the drama of the experience. But it can be done tastefully. HBO previously in 2006, successfully explored the subject in the mini-series Tsunami: The Aftermath. The latest film on the subject, The Impossible, chronicles the real life story of one family’s experience after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The film is actually a Spanish company production, made by the team which brought us the Spanish horror film The Orphanage. Although technically a Spanish production, the film stars Hollywood movie stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The film is obviously hoping to earn some award season recognition. Based on this trailer this looks to be an incredibly emotional journey. The challenge at least in my eyes would be to balance that drama. Re-enactments like these tend to turn melodramatic at the drop of a hat. What I see in this trailer does look good though. Especially the special effects and the emotional work of McGregor and Watts.
The Impossible stars Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. The film is written by Sergio G. Sanchez and is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The Impossible is scheduled for release December 21, 2012.
Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Based on a true story, THE IMPOSSIBLE is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, THE IMPOSSIBLE is a journey to the core of the human heart.