Rating: 4 out of 5
The Impossible got some buzz for Naomi Watts during award season. Here she plays a doctor turned stay-at-home-mom to three boys who is vacationing with her children and husband (Ewan McGregor) in Thailand for Christmas 2004, when the tsunami hits. The film is based on a true story, which typically screams (spoiler alert!) 'all the main characters actually live' to me, which is fine, but this lack of suspense was somewhat heightened by the tsunami coming so early in the film. There was little to no character development, which made it rather dull at times. The acting was good, but this film suffered from pacing problems. The special effects of the tsunami were fabulous, and I might have uttered the phrase "Now that we have surround sound, we might need a bigger television." Seriously: The Impossible was fabulous in surround sound. Hearing the tsunami come from behind you is amazing. Ultimately, the end felt abrupt, and I cared more about the tsunami in total than its impact on this family.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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