A new review from The Movie Snob.
The Impossible (B). This is the based-on-a-true-story movie about the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami that struck numerous countries in southeastern Asia and killed some 230,000 people. Naomi Watts (King Kong) and Ewan McGregor (The Island) star as a British couple on vacation in Thailand with their three little boys. It doesn’t take long for the tsunami to hit, and the mom and the oldest son are swept far away while the dad and two other boys manage to stay together near their hotel. The rest is the tale of their efforts to survive and find each other in the post-catastrophe chaos. It’s a competent movie. The tsunami scenes are quite effective, illustrating that the junk that is in the water with you can be almost as dangerous as the water itself. I’m quite sure I would’ve been dead in a hurry. The acting is generally good, although I think Naomi Watts’s Oscar nomination is a little generous. On the down side, the film is a little too overtly manipulative and sentimental. The mushy music is way over the top, and the scenes near the end also seem too staged. But it’s still interesting and worth seeing, in my opinion.