by Doug Bevins
The Impossible, a film that came out in 2012, is based on the story of a family (The Belon’s) and their experiences during and after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. I remember seeing that event in the news in 2004 and thinking, “Wow what a mess.”
So, what did I think of this movie? First off, any major disaster like the Tsunami of 2004 will be an emotional event. Anyone who is not scared to death or, after the initial event is past, really sad simply is not human. The movie portrays the emotion of such an event really well and very accurately. I was watching the movie and, as a result of the emotion resulting from the portrayal of the events surrounding the tsunami and also surrounding the fact that the family did not know who was still alive once things had calmed down after the wave due to being separated by the wave. That is a really scary place for a family to be in and the movie does not sugarcoat it. Secondly, it illustrates how calm can be broken in the blink of an eye. Again, tranquility changing to disaster in a heartbeat would be scary and the movie captures the frenzy of the sudden appearance of a massive wall of water from out of nowhere. Scary! Lastly, the movie does show the complete chaos resulting from a massive catastrophe and the inability for clear communication as a result. The family survives, but keep missing each other by moments at various points through out the film, and are finally reunited near the end of the movie.
What is my verdict on this movie? Is it too emotional or completely accurate? I was not there, obviously, but seeing the images from that disaster on the news made me so sad. The movie portrays that event with stunning clarity and depth. The Impossible is not an easy movie to watch, but it makes that historical event very real -so that makes it rather good.