WARNING: Spoilers. There are plot giveaways in this review. (But nothing big so stop having a cry and read the damn review!)
OFFICIAL SILVER SCREENER REVIEW
– THE IMPOSSIBLE –
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 (59,253 votes)
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Amidst the extremely confronting scenery, I found The Impossible a heroic story told heroically.
J.A. Bayona’s fascinating direction won me over. From the get go, his consistent use of before-after shots and light-dark themes was a constant reminder of how peace turns to havoc, then back to calmness, in only a few short moments.
Tom Holland was simply brilliant. Playing the character most relied on to pull through, Holland showed maturity and composure on-screen far beyond his age would suggest. I hope this isn’t a one time gig – this kid has something.
The Impossible was essentially a story about losing everything. The 2004 Tsunami was definitely tragic. Many, many lives were lost and today, those lives are still being honoured. But the most amazing thing about this triumphant tale involving one family, is that it was all true. And that simply makes it the best real story ever told through film. The end result, after one of the worst natural disasters to date, was purely the impossible made possible.
I’ll admit – this film had me a little teary. I couldn’t help it. I was so blown away by the courage and persistence of the kids. The leadership of Lucas. The bravery of the two younger boys. The determination of the father.
Look at me. I’m rambling on about how amazing the fact that it’s a true story is, when I’m supposed to be writing a film review.
The Visual Effects and Scenery – wave hitting coast, chillingly still remains of forests, gushing streams, and leftovers of a happier life – were spectacular. I couldn’t believe how well they invested into the Art Direction. And thank god they did, too. Because if they hadn’t invested big in the Scenery, who knows how crummy The Impossible could have turned out.
In terms of gut-wrenching film, the last 20 minutes were incredible. Blown away, and enveloped, are probably two good words to describe my mood while experiencing the last half-an-hour or so of The Impossible. It was just very, very rich.
I think, though, that while waiting for the mother to come out of surgery, we could have used a little bit of Morgan Freeman/Shawshank Redemption type stuff. “They say that every night’s a long night waiting for Naomi Watts to wake up. I can easily say this was the longest night of my life.” – Lucas M. Freeman.
The film had little to no laughs which I didn’t really mind seeing as the setting was so awful. One thing I did get a laugh out of, though, was the stereotyping of Americans. When Ewan McGregor’s character asks for a phone, the American male rejects sternly. Now, they could have picked anyone to do that job. But I loved how the picked the Yank. It added a little sense of humour to things – unintentionally or not.
Fernando Velazquez did a great job capturing the mood with his lovely soundtrack. He really did add another level to the film, thanks to some haunting violins and enchanting pieces.
The Impossible was more than a heroic story. It was a friendly reminder that there is bravery inside us ALL. No matter whether you think you have some or don’t think you do, it’s all a matter of coming through when the going gets tough.
The confronting scenes and excellent direction puts The Impossible up there with the best so far in 2013.
MY RATING: 8 out of 10.
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