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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Watts is extraordinary - she manages both the physical and emotional demands of the role, with soul-deep conviction. 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

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Yet it's not just the visuals that make the movie what it is, a thrilling, if also punishing, tale of heroic endurance. The Impossible, based on a true story, derives most of its impressive power from two remarkable performances: Naomi Watts as Maria, and Tom Holland as Lucas. show more

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Nominated Best Original Screenplay
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Director
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Best Sound
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Film
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Original Score
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Editing
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Production Supervision
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Cinematography
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best New Actor
Los Premios Goya (2013)
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)
Nominated Best Leading Actress
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Winner Best Special Effects
Los Premios Goya (2013)
Nominated Best Art Direction
Los Premios Goya (2013)