Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Impossible (2012)

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona. Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Geraldine Chaplin. 114 min. Rated PG-13. Spain. Thriller/Drama.

A family of five gets caught in the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami during their pleasant Christmas vacation. I found this movie a well-choreographed dishonest, distasteful, selfish tearjerker, manipulating the viewer's emotions and manufacturing numerous moments of fake suspense. Anything I say to prove my claim would spoil the story for those who haven't seen it. Okay, how's this for a hint: it's based on a Spanish family's true story, but in the movie, they've been switched to a British family. You can start from there.

PS #1: It got an 80% rating on the Tomatometer, and Ebert gave it four stars. So what?

PS #2: You can also watch the trailer, which heroically gives away the ending.

Mo says:


  1. I agree: once I saw the trailer in the theater, I decided I'm not going to watch it. It's not a matter of the trailer giving away too much, it gives away everything!

  2. It was when we watched "Lincoln" together, wasn't it?