Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Impossible (2012)

IMDb plot summary: The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Directed by J.A. Bayona. Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland.

This is a compelling and well-done disaster drama. It centers almost entirely on the family in question, with only occasional glimpses into what's going on with other people around them, which keeps the emotion focused, and it makes the moments when we suddenly ARE aware of everyone else's pain and fear more meaningful. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts both do a great job in this movie, as do all the child actors. Overall, very solid if not spectacular. 3 stars.

Flickchart: #722 out of 2019, below The Exorcist and above The Pianist.

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