For Mother Na­ture any­thing is pos­si­ble

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson’s Choice -

water, re­sult­ing in a mas­sive tsunami that ripped through the re­gion, raz­ing lush wilder­ness and lux­ury re­sorts packed with va­ca­tion­ing fam­i­lies.

Thou­sand­sof­peo­plewere killed and many more were left­home­less­byawallofroar­ing, churn­ing water.

“This is the true story of one of those fam­i­lies,” de­clares The Im­pos­si­ble, a har­row­ing drama about five peo­ple caught up in the dis­as­ter, who mus­tered for­mi­da­ble strength and courage to search for each other amid scenes of heart­break­ing loss.

Adapted by screen­writer Ser­gio G Sanchez from the night­mar­ish rec­ol­lec­tions of sur­vivors Maria and En­rique Belon, JuanAn­to­ni­aBay­ona’s film­pack­samightye­mo­tional punch with ev­ery ex­pertly crafted frame.

Henry ( Ewan McGre­gor) and Maria ( Naomi Watts) ar­rive in the trop­i­cal par­adise of Thai­land with their three sons, Lu­cas ( Tom Hol­land), Thomas ( Sa­muel Joslin) and Simon ( Oak­lee Pen­der­gast).

They open Christ­mas presents on the pa­tio over­look­ing the sea, un­aware of the hor­ror to come. The fol­low­ing day, flocks of ter­ri­fied birds take to the skies, herald­ing a wall of water that ca­reer­sthroughthe­com­plex.

Maria and Lu­cas are car­ried away by the surge and when the water even­tu­ally re­cedes, they hob­blethrough mu­dand­de­tri­tusin­searchof sur­vivors.

Mean­while, Henry i s forced to leave his twoy­oungest boys in the care of strangers in or­der to learn the fate of his wife and el­dest child.

Di­rected with aplomb by Bay­ona, Watts wrings out co­pi­ous tears while McGre­gor has the less showy role but still tugs heart­strings with an an­guished tele­phone call back­home­todis­traugh­trel­a­tives, his voice crack­ing with ev­ery shell- shocked word.

Teenage new­comer Hol­land im­presses most, bear­ing the emo­tional weight of deeply mov­ing scenes as if he has been act­ing all of his life.

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