• The Impossible (2013)

The Impossible

Release Date: January 4th, 2013

DVD Release Date: April 23rd, 2013

PG-13 |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.

Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sönke Möhring, Geraldine Chaplin

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Apaches Entertainment, Telecinco Cinema

Keywords: 2000s, Son, Transformation, Husband, Gripping, Wife, Hotel, Escape, Inspiring

Ratings & Reviews

  • 65
    Jeannette CatsoulisNPR

    Starring flying debris and surging walls of water, The Impossible takes the template of the old-timey disaster movie, strips it to the bone and pumps what's left up to 11. show more

  • 65
    Movieline

    The latter half of The Impossible is so disappointingly movie-ish, tying a bow on the events after portraying them too vividly to allow them to be wrapped so neatly. It wrings out tears with an industrious efficiency that leaves you feeling manhandled after the exhilarating, terrifying footage that's unfolded before. show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The Impossible is one of the most emotionally realistic disaster movies in recent memory -- and certainly one of the most frightening in its epic re-creation of the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Original Screenplay
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Director
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best New Actor
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Sound
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Film
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Original Score
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Editing
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Production Supervision
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Leading Actress
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Cinematography
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Makeup and Hairstyles
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Best Special Effects
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Art Direction
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama