Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Add ‘The Impossible’ to the list of movies to watch for this year.  With a Dec 21 release date this film is obviously vying for Oscar gold; from what I can tell from the trailer, a little attention would certainly be deserved.  The film is based on the true story about a family vacationing in Indonesia when the tsunami of 2004 hit, killing thousands.  The family survives but is separated once the wave hits shore, and the film tells the story of their survival as well as the journey they take to find one another in the devastated country.  Now, it seems that there are already quibbles rumbling around the internet complaining about how the film is focused on white tourists, as opposed the natives who lost everything after this disaster.  To that I say this: to me, this film speaks to everyone about the value and precious nature of human life, as well as examining how far we will go to take care of one another.  This story is universal, and its message shouldn’t be overshadowed by the chosen cast (also commendable, in my opinion: I’d watch Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts chew gum).  Watch this trailer and just try not to get choked up.