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Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregorNaomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this true story of a family caught in a tsunami while on vacation.

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cameracameracameracamera (4 CAMS)        RATED PG-13

While spending Christmas vacation at a tropical resort in Thailand, a family becomes separated when a devastating tsunami destroys their coastal retreat. Maria (Naomi Watts) and son Lucas (Tom Holland) battle for survival while trying to reunite with husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and sons Thomas (Samuel Joslin) and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast). Based on a true story, "The Impossible" is an engrossing and heartbreaking drama that graphically depicts the aftermath of a horrible tragedy. The depiction of the tsunami itself is truly frightening. Director Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage") has created one of the best disaster films in ages. The spectacular cinematography of Óscar Faura vividly captures the horrific storm and its wave of destruction. Sergio G. Sánchez's riveting screenplay, from Maria Belon's story of her own family, is fully realized by the amazing cast. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor brilliantly convey the physical and emotional stress on a family ripped apart. Much of the film follows young Lucas, trying to help his seriously injured mother while attempting to find his father and brothers. Newcomer Tom Holland delivers an astounding performance as this child who has to grow up fast. Geraldine Chaplin makes a brief rare appearance as an old woman who lives through the disaster. The filmmakers may be criticized for focusing on the tribulations of one vacationing family, but ultimately it is much easier for the audience to identify with the crisis. Many of the extras are survivors of the actual 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. With its startling realism, "The Impossible" is impossible to forget.