The Impossible (2012) Review

This was a movie where I was glad I caught it late in the game, so to speak, because the theater was pretty much empty when I went to go see it.  I like it when I catch a movie where the theater is practically empty in general anyway, but the main reason why this was such a good thing for me this time around was because I did so much cringing and involuntary gasping at various points in the movie, which may have annoyed other patrons.  I honestly hate to be that audience member, if you know what I mean.  There were just some parts that were a little too graphic for my personal taste.

The Impossible

Aside from that, I thought this was a well-done movie.  There was only one scene that I found to be a little unnecessary, but that didn’t really lower my overall opinion.

Oddly enough I don’t really feel the need to say too much about this movie other than the fact that this time, unlike my Chasing Mavericks (2012) experience, this time I walked in fully aware that what I was about to see was the true survival story of one family’s experience in the aftermath of a Tsunami in Thailand.

As I’ve mentioned previously in my Brian’s Song (2001) entry, a lot of times when a movie claims to chronicle or be based on a “true story,” I immediately wonder how much of the facts they really bothered to use.  With this movie though, I got the feeling that they mostly stuck to the facts of the ordeal.  It all seemed to be presented in a fairly straightforward manner, with nothing seeming like it was a little too over the top.  Of course, I could also be biased because I read in a news article several months back where one of the family members were interviewed and they expressed their initial hesitation with even allowing their story to be turned into a movie in the first place.  I found that the story itself was inspirational, not to mention an amazing miracle.  For a whole family of five to survive a disaster like that is as the title states—impossible odds.


Being that this is a true story, as well as the fact that I found the movie to be very well done, I don’t think there is really anything that could be added or subtracted to make the movie “better.”  At the same time, I think the re-watch value for this movie is debatable, and I think it really comes down to personal preference.  For myself, I can’t really see myself itching to watch this movie for a second time.  Again, this does not mean I thought it was a terrible movie.  I think that it is definitely worth at least a one-time viewing.  So if you have the time and the opportunity, I recommend giving The Impossible a chance.

7 responses to “The Impossible (2012) Review

  1. I thought this was a pretty good movie too. I saw it earlier in the month and did a mini review on it. It’s always nice to catch films like this when the theatre is empty. Ultimately, I thought Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts put on a good performance.

    Thanks for posting. Here’s the brief write up I did on the film a little while back:

    I also did one earlier today on the film Parker featuring Jason Statham.

    Keep posting — I enjoy your channel.

    • Glad to hear it, thanks! I am wrapping up a couple things at the moment, but I will definitely stop by your neck of the woods in (hopefully) a few minutes! 🙂 Glad to hear you’re a regular here, and look forward to hearing from you again soon!

  2. A very fair score. I’m in the same boat as far as not thinking of anything that could have been added or taken away, but I really do think that re-watch value is a factor in my overall opinion of a movie.

    • I agree, which is why I can’t give this a higher rating than an A- based on what those grades mean on my blog. This one I felt deserved a higher rating because for the most part I felt it was pretty solid.

  3. Good review. It’s not a perfect movie, but Watts, Holland, and McGregor all do great jobs with the material they are given and I’m glad Watts is getting so nominations for what she does.

  4. Nice review Rae, glad you decided to give it a watch. Like I mentioned in my review, I thought some of scenes with Lucas were unnecessary, there for filler, and a bit contrived. For me the movie was worth watching for one of the best performances I have seen from Watts. She was great. How did you do with the leg gash by the way?

    • Oh the leg gash was awful. LOL. When I realized what it was, I think I reacted a lot like the boy did. “GAH!” Hahaha. Thankfully though, that turned out to be the worst of it, and that was over and done soon enough.

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