Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Against All Odds

A movie set in the events of 2004's Boxing Day tsunami - some may deem it to be of bad taste as it is still fresh in the minds of those who suffered the devastation. The Impossibles however, is based on a true account of one family's harrowing experience facing the full force of nature's wrath.


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The story focuses mainly around Maria and Henry Bennett (Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor respectively) and their three children. 

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While enjoying their Christmas holiday trip in Thailand they are separated after suddenly getting hit by brutal wall of seawater. 

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The filmmakers did a remarkable job recreating the destruction of the disaster. You get a real sense of actually being in the midst of it all with water, bricks, trees, cars and all forms of debris thrown in your face (and your body) flung in all directions with disturbingly painful consequences. The result is an experience which is truly chair-clingingly horrifying, which gives you a rough idea how traumatising it must have been for the victims.

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The acting was excellent, and you'll find yourself cheering them on and crying in despair with them. Watts certainly outdid herself this time - seeing her wounded and dying yet clinging on to life for the sake of her son, it’s easy to see how she received an Academy Award nomination for the role. 

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McGregor also put on one of his better performances, and you could feel his emotions as he searches on for his family despite it being seemingly futile. 

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One to watch would be newcomer Tom Holland, who plays eldest son Lucas. His performance of a boy unwillingly having to shoulder the responsibilities of a grown-up is easily one of the most genuinely emotive highlights in the movie.

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Through the traumatic experience the family endures, you’ll come to realise that it isn’t the tsunami itself that is deemed impossible, but rather the aftermath. Gripping, emotionally-exhausting and relentless, The Impossibles is quite definitely the biggest surprise we’ve seen this early into 2013.



4.5 out of 5 Stars

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