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Movie Review: 'The Impossible' is Intensely Entertaining

In theaters this week, an impossible journey to the core of the human heart in the true life story of a family swept away in one of the worst natural disasters in our lifetime.

A family of five begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking for some fun in the sun. Soon their holiday turns into a nightmare as a giant tsunami rises up from the ocean and sweeps them away in "The Impossible."

Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor head up this cast that tells the true story of one family's experience during the devastating 2004 tsunami that devoured Southeast Asia.

The acting, though there is very little dialogue, is amazing and the special effects, especially in the first 45 minutes, are mind-boggling.

Watts is being considered for an Oscar for her performance but the kids, in my opinion, steal every scene in which they appear.

The film runs two hours, and it is a bit sappy at times, perhaps too sentimental. So the Flick-O-Meter gives "The Impossible" a four out of five.

While the special effects are top-notch and the performances really good, the pacing dragged on. That, along with the romantic element and the lack of dialogue, made for a long movie.

Zachary_ January 06, 2013 at 05:02 AM
I will definitely watch this movie. I was in Khao Lak, Thailand with a team to help people there rebuild their homes in April, 2005.
Matt Sicignano January 07, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I had high hopes after reading advance reviews but was very disappointed. A 5 hanky tear- jerker, this long movie was better suited for a one hour Hallmark TV special. Well acted, but sappy and sentimental is too kind. This was milked for everything its worth, probably because the special effects udget mandated a 120 minute movie. It certainly could have used some editing....the coincidences will make you wince almost as much as the "Al Pacino" style of over-emoting.

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