MOVIE INFO (Taken from Rotten Tomatoes): Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
My husband came how with this Redbox DVD, saying it had received some amazing reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (that's are go-to guide). I was like okay, pop it in, not knowing or remembering what THE IMPOSSIBLE was even about. As soon as the opening started and it said that this is a true story about the tsunami that hit the coast of Asia, my gut coiled up into a little ball. I didn't want to watch this. I didn't. I am not a fan of true stories based on tragedies. I'm a wimp. I tend to internalize it and hang onto the story in my head for days afterwards. I imagine myself in that situation and what I would do. Most likely, I wouldn't do well. That's why I don't watch true stories of devastation type movies. Give me a comedy or a nice made-up drama.
True to my nature, my chest hurt and my nerves were on heightened as I watched this family of five enjoying their Christmas holiday, all the while knowing what was about to happen to them. And when it did, wow. Just wow. I have no words. This is a beautiful, terrifying, loving, amazing, IMPOSSIBLE, story of what this family went through. It is INCREDIBLE, absolutely incredible. I watched the entire movie on the edge of my seat, and I truly doubt anyone can watch it without doing the same. There were several times in which I told my husband I couldn't watch anymore, but then I plugged on ahead, knowing there was no way I could stop.
I cried. I cried numerous times. I am a wife and I am a mother of three kids. I couldn't help but put myself in that situation. The story, the acting, and the entire way it is portrayed is beautiful. emotional, and mind boggling all at once. You can't help but feel this families pain in not knowing if their loved ones survived or not or to watch this beautiful land destroyed so quickly and lives changed forever.
It feels VERY real.
We watched this late into the night last night, and when I woke up this morning, sure enough, it was on my mind. I needed to write this blog. Do I suggest watching this movie? YES. Yes, I do. It is wonderful, but I suggest you have your box of tissues readily available. FIVE STARS for sure.
You can read more reviews here: THE IMPOSSIBLE (Rotten Tomatoes)