Genre Grandeur – The Impossible (2012) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Nature Gone Berserk Movies, here’s a review of The Impossible (2012) by me.

Thanks again to Barry of Cinematic Catharsis for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Lucas, look at this place. They’re so busy in here. You get to go and do something. Go help people. You’re good at it.” – Maria

Number of Times Seen – 3 (7 Jan 2013, 14 May 2015 and 29 Aug 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a family who while on holiday in Thailand must find a way to survive after a devastating tsunami appears.

My Take on it – When thinking about disaster movies, this was the first that came to mind because it is such an amazing depiction of a true to life disaster and how it affected those that were unfortunate to find themselves in Thailand during this surprise tsunami.

This film is a perfect example of how devastating and cruel nature can sometimes be and how events around the globe can effect us even more when we see what happened.

They tell this story extremely well and the viewer finds them self in a place whee they can feel as if they are right there experiencing these events along with the characters as they must deal with this new reality to their world.

The film uses splendid special effects to show the power that a tsunami can have and we get to see the ruins that it leaves in its wake.

This allows the viewer to get a very clear understanding of how destructive and devastating these events can sometimes be especially for these unfortunate people who found themselves in this place and time on that fateful morning.

Naomi Watts is amazing in the lead role and she brings her character and her ordeal to life before us.

She deservingly received an Oscar nomination for her work here.

Tom Holland is also superb in this film and showed how much talent he has as an actor even at this young age.

This is amazing to watch unfold because it is so scary to watch especially when one thinks about the loved ones o the characters as the survivors do all they can to locate their family members who have been separated from them.

Bottom Line – Amazing story about the devastating way that nature can affect us. The story is told really well and we get the feel as if we are right there with these characters as they must deal with the new reality of the world around tem. The special effects used to create the tsunami and its after-effects are extremely thrilling to watch and make us get a clear understanding about the truly devastating effect that this had on those who found themselves in that part of the world on that fateful morning. Watts is superb in the lead role and was extremely deserving of her Oscar nomination for her performance here. Holland is able to show how talented an actor he was even at this young age. TRuly a spectacle to watch unfold. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where the tsunami hits the resort could only be filmed once. It would have cost too much money to rebuild the set. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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