DVD Talk
THE IMPOSSIBLE (2012) (dir. J.A. Bayona) (Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor) [Archive] - DVD Talk Forum
 
Best Sellers
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
The Longest Day
Buy: $54.99 $24.99
9.
10.
DVD Blowouts
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Alien [Blu-ray]
Buy: $19.99 $9.99
8.
9.
10.

PDA
DVD Reviews

View Full Version : THE IMPOSSIBLE (2012) (dir. J.A. Bayona) (Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor)


riotinmyskull
04-21-12, 08:10 AM
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/d8jkY5AmTHw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649419/

Solid Snake
04-21-12, 11:23 AM
...I like Watts and McGregor. I'd love to see what this director can do w/ it. Loved the visual so far.

Also...WB has some interest that Tsunami don't they? lol.

islandclaws
04-21-12, 11:29 AM
I can't say the premise intrigues me much, but I liked what Bayona did with The Orphanage, and I'd eat Watts' ass like a buttered roll.

Solid Snake
07-24-12, 01:50 PM
Nice

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VJCcM_hRjuw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Drexl
07-24-12, 02:26 PM
I can't say the premise intrigues me much, but I liked what Bayona did with The Orphanage, and I'd eat Watts' ass like a buttered roll.

I'd butter her bread with Philly instead.

But anyway, this looks decent.

Solid Snake
08-27-12, 06:25 PM
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Bgw394ZKsis" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

EDIT: Also the US release date for this is December 21st, 2012.

JumpCutz
08-27-12, 06:54 PM
Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. Sold.

Tarantino
12-28-12, 01:50 PM
Another trailer.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/13old-YpA8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Supermallet
12-28-12, 02:31 PM
Despite loving both McGregor and Watts, this movie looks like a shitty tearjerker and I have no interest in it.

GatorDeb
01-06-13, 05:31 PM
Dammit I didn't cry during Les Miserables and I cried during this one.

That was NOT an enjoyable movie experience AT ALL which attests to how masterful the movie is. I really felt I was living the tsunami with the characters.


- When she's climbing the tree I physically jerked back and just kept thinking, stop it already, I can't watch anymore of that.
- The one thing that did rub me the wrong way was at the end when they were all alone on the plane, that was a bit of a waste, couldn't they fit a few more people in?


Very highly recommended.

Patman
01-07-13, 04:00 PM
"The Impossible" is based on a true story of the effects of the famous tsunami that hit southeast Asia in 2004 around Christmas on a family of 5 visiting a resort for holiday.

Henry and Maria (played by Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts) along with their 3 sons have their lives torn apart, along with the rest of the victims of the tsunami, and struggle to stay alive and find their way back to each other. Maria and eldest son Lucas form a pair after surviving the onslaught and being shuttled through the area from the tremendous flow of water and treacherous debris. Henry and the 2 other sons have their own struggles.

Overall, a pretty strong and straight forward film of survival and hope in bleak times for this family, representing a microcosm of the harrowing after-effects of a natural disaster for all who were swept away. Naomi Watts does solid work, the eldest boy (played by Tom Holland) is also good. McGregor has less to work with in the script, but does push the film's plot along.

You'll hug your family a little more urgently after seeing this film.

I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.

dex14
01-13-13, 04:21 PM
I don't know why this film isnt getting more attention. Naomi Watts is amazing. I haven't seen Amour or Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, but it's going to be a crime when Watts doesn't win. I can't believe she hasn't one an Oscar yet. Every time I see her in a movie I can't look away from her. She is just amazing.

Giles
01-13-13, 08:42 PM
Dammit I didn't cry during Les Miserables and I cried during this one.

That was NOT an enjoyable movie experience AT ALL which attests to how masterful the movie is. I really felt I was living the tsunami with the characters.


- When she's climbing the tree I physically jerked back and just kept thinking, stop it already, I can't watch anymore of that.
- The one thing that did rub me the wrong way was at the end when they were all alone on the plane, that was a bit of a waste, couldn't they fit a few more people in?


Very highly recommended.

in regards to the second spoiler - yes that was odd and the very brief explanation about the insurance covering the flight - huh?

Autotelik
01-13-13, 08:46 PM
My favorite movie of the year. Incredibly sad, amazing, and tense all at the same time

Giles
01-13-13, 09:16 PM
on the technical side, I didn't realize that this was almost the same team that did the 'The Orphanage' - from the stunning scary sfx (the tsunami), the cinematography, to the sound (the latter of which is exemplary).

GatorDeb
01-14-13, 01:38 AM
Same director as The Orphanage too. I almost wish they had gone with Spanish actors and done it in Spanish. The original family was Spanish. The Orphanage is superbly acted. Not that this wasn't, but I think it could have been even better and closer to the original story. Not that I personally care but there's a bit of an outcry at Americanizing the story to make it more widely seen by American Audience$.

sauce07
01-14-13, 11:34 AM
Same director as The Orphanage too. I almost wish they had gone with Spanish actors and done it in Spanish. The original family was Spanish. The Orphanage is superbly acted. Not that this wasn't, but I think it could have been even better and closer to the original story. Not that I personally care but there's a bit of an outcry at Americanizing the story to make it more widely seen by American Audience$.

you mean Americanized as in casting an Austrailian Actress and Scottish Actor.

RichC2
01-14-13, 12:13 PM
Same director as The Orphanage too. I almost wish they had gone with Spanish actors and done it in Spanish. The original family was Spanish. The Orphanage is superbly acted. Not that this wasn't, but I think it could have been even better and closer to the original story. Not that I personally care but there's a bit of an outcry at Americanizing the story to make it more widely seen by American Audience$.

The movie is a production of Spain, funded by Spanish companies.

Production Companies
Apaches Entertainment
Telecinco Cinema
Mediaset España
Canal+ España
Generalitat Valenciana
Institut Valencia de Cinematografia (IVAC)
Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA)

It actually has nothing to do with Americanization since America wasn't the target audience, though they did want the broader European appeal so they cast well known actors. Summit bought distribution rights for the US but didn't actually fund the project.

nickdawgy
01-14-13, 04:26 PM
My wife and I are seeing this tomorrow. She actually got emotional during the trailer alone, so I am wondering how tense the actual movie will be.

dex14
01-14-13, 04:43 PM
I got emotional during the trailers as well. I was literally drained when I left the theatre after seeing it.

Patman
01-14-13, 05:43 PM
It's a pretty visceral viewing experience. You'll wince at the times when they get hurt during the tsunami, and trying to stay alive through it all.

Autotelik
01-14-13, 08:12 PM
My wife and I are seeing this tomorrow. She actually got emotional during the trailer alone, so I am wondering how tense the actual movie will be.

Bring kleenex.

Giles
01-14-13, 08:41 PM
It's a pretty visceral viewing experience. You'll wince at the times when they get hurt during the tsunami, and trying to stay alive through it all.


not only during the first depiction but also during the second one at the end, where you see more bodily damage to Naomi's character - ou-ou-ou-ouch!!!

Autotelik
01-14-13, 09:20 PM
not only during the first depiction but also during the second one at the end, where you see more bodily damage to Naomi's character - ou-ou-ou-ouch!!!

I think the second one at the end hits it home even harder. After all they've endured, you get to see a more damaging version of it, especially when the wave hits her as she is crouched down and you see her thrown through that barrier. You feel it even more the second time around. I thought that was a great sequence at the end.

Giles
01-14-13, 09:31 PM
I think the second one at the end hits it home even harder. After all they've endured, you get to see a more damaging version of it, especially when the wave hits her as she is crouched down and you see her thrown through that barrier. You feel it even more the second time around. I thought that was a great sequence at the end.

oh I agree, too many times trailers show too much footage of the key money shot special effect scenes, but there was no indication that we'd see more... at the end... very powerful scene, emotionally and visually

Giles
01-14-13, 09:38 PM
Same director as The Orphanage too. I almost wish they had gone with Spanish actors and done it in Spanish. The original family was Spanish. The Orphanage is superbly acted. Not that this wasn't, but I think it could have been even better and closer to the original story. Not that I personally care but there's a bit of an outcry at Americanizing the story to make it more widely seen by American Audience$.

not to digress, but I thought it odd that for the movie 'The Intouchables' the caretaker Abdel Sellou (in real life) was changed to 'Driss' and changed nationality

Autotelik
01-14-13, 09:55 PM
oh I agree, too many times trailers show too much footage of the key money shot special effect scenes, but there was no indication that we'd see more... at the end... very powerful scene, emotionally and visually

And another thing about that scene at the end was that it made me think how I would even survive that if I was caught in it. It would be miraculous, or "impossible" to survive that, and many probably died that way, right then and there.

Hannibal
01-15-13, 10:41 AM
Ewan McGregor showed some emotion that he hasn't done in a while if any.

GoldenJCJ
01-15-13, 10:50 AM
Bring kleenex.

Oh, Watts get nude in this?!

Why So Blu?
01-15-13, 10:54 AM
I was surprised to see that the people who made The Orphanage made this one, which bummed me out that they replaced the Spanish people this happened to with white actors. Hey, it's business, but it's sort of jarring. I'll rent it on Blu-ray when it comes out.

Autotelik
01-15-13, 06:40 PM
Oh, Watts get nude in this?!

Yes. But in a way that makes you don't want to look

Solid Snake
01-15-13, 07:16 PM
Yes. But in a way that makes you don't want to look

...I'm not sure you understand how nude we want her. Under any circumstances.

nickdawgy
01-16-13, 12:26 AM
Just got back. Loved it. Never want to see it again.

inri222
01-16-13, 01:37 AM
I was surprised to see that the people who made The Orphanage made this one, which bummed me out that they replaced the Spanish people this happened to with white actors. Hey, it's business, but it's sort of jarring. I'll rent it on Blu-ray when it comes out.

Have not seen it but I find this review hilarious.

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hanover/fun/entertainment/x2105865088/Movie-Review-The-Impossible-a-shallow-story-about-a-natural-disaster#axzz2I7ajrX9V

Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona exploits an international tragedy to tell a syrupy story about a wealthy white family dealing with adversity while completely ignoring the thousands of others who suffered as much or worse. In this case, that would be the 228,000 souls washed off the face of the earth by 2004’s Indian Ocean tsunami.............................

Bayona doesn’t even have the decency to let the Alvarez Belons clan retain their Spanish identity, converting them instead into lily white Anglo-Saxons from jolly ole England, apparently for more palpable U.S. consumption....................

And after all the grief heaped upon Mitt Romney for being wealthy and privileged, does America really want to see another band of rich prigs whining about how bad they have it? Not bloody likely. And that alone makes Bayona’s chances of turning disaster into gold pretty near impossible.....................

bluetoast
01-16-13, 01:51 AM
I mean to be fair, hundreds of thousands of people did die, and this is a story about the survival of a family who was there on vacation. Syrupy is bound to come up in some reviews.

nickdawgy
01-16-13, 04:09 PM
Plus they never said what nationality they were.

Defiant1
01-16-13, 07:06 PM
Saw it on the weekend and loved it. The tsunami sequences were absolutely horrifying to watch. I can only imagine what it was like in real life. Naomi, Ewan, and Tom were all excellent.

IIG
01-17-13, 11:33 PM
Pretty good movie. I don't know anything about the real story of this family, but:

The way the family found each other just reeks of horseshit. Especially for the two younger boys to happen to be in the vicinity of the hospital at the same time that Lucas had spotted their father. It was too convenient, as if the filmmakers ditched reality for the sake of the run time. But I could be wrong, as I again don't know the real story. If true, the title The Impossible is truly fitting.

I'd still place Watts third in the Oscar race (behind Chastain and Wallis), but she really was awesome in this movie. Like others stated, I have no desire to ever revisit this film.

Dr Mabuse
01-18-13, 12:05 AM
It was good, not great. The incident/wave sequences were well done.

SoSpacey
02-22-13, 09:41 AM
Just got back. Loved it. Never want to see it again.

this

JeffTheAlpaca
04-30-13, 04:48 AM
The kid Tom Holland is better than most adult actors.

SuckaMC
09-15-13, 12:40 AM
I just got around to watching this, and it was really good. I'm a huge horror fan, but that leg wound made me cringe. Ack. Probably one of the most gnarly, painful looking wounds I've seen in a movie. I can't believe this got by with a PG-13.

Recommended.