The Impossible is an amazing depiction of real life events in Indonesia during the 2004 tsunami where thousands of people lost their lives. In the interview on “The View” Naomi Watts who played “Maria Belon” speaks of her experience making the film. Salt Lake City launched this movie the weekend of January 4, 2013. Now apparently Naomi Watts will be playing Diana in the new movie about Princess Diana. Naomi Watts who comes from a talented family of painters, is an incredibly versatile actress and has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “The Impossible”. In 2004, a tsunami hit the shores of Indonesia and approximately 200,000 people
were killed in distant shores. There was no warning and the movie depicts this catastrophic tragedy as somewhat of an Alfred Hitchcock horror film but with the tone of Steven Spielberg. Juan Antonio Bayona, the director, starts the movie with a thunderous roar of a plane pelting through the sky as the sound dissipates into nothingness. Throughout the movie a similar thunder and oblivion occurs, where one minute there is a deafening unspeakable calamity and in the next, silence prevails. Juan Bayona, who’s first language is not English had trepidation about doing an English film, but states that he felt he was more of a ‘messenger‘ than a ‘director’ as he tried to get his talent to communicate to the people who had endured the tsunami. He had wanted to focus on the family theme. Upon his mother’s bedside request, Tom Holland wanders the halls of the hospital. The viewer is mesmerized as the notion of compassion evolves in the sunshine and blood spattered hallways of the make shift hospitals. Rows of wrapped dead corpses were like the stars in the sky, some out and some still shining but all still there. This movie was profound as a fiction as as a ‘horror’ as Joy Behar in “The View” states during the interview with Naomi Watts on December 21st. The young actor who played Lucas created a stunning performance and the mother and child interaction was sensational. In the interview Naomi states that when she actually met Maria during preproduction, they both broke into spontaneous tears and hugged each other and talked for hours and hours. Naomi’s depiction of the pain of being a mother not knowing where her children are, as well as the pain of physical pain was believable and convincing, despite the horrific aspects of the film making effects. The makeup and swelling of Naomi lying on the makeshift bed in the hospital not knowing if her leg was blue or pink, alive or dead..and her children alive or dead was quite real. What was most remarkable was the role of her son, Lucas played by the invincible and amazing, Tom Holland. He was instrumental in bringing families together while at the hospital. Ewan McGregor who plays the father was devoted and hysterically faithful to his family as he stayed back after the tsunami to look for his wife and eldest son. The eldest son’s acting was amazing and heartfelt, and his relationship with his mother was priceless. The director of the film says he has no problem with special effects but his worry was about creating the reality, so he facilitated the interaction of his actors and actresses with the true survivors and rescuers. The cinema-photography was very state of the art in that close up shots of insects, facial expressions and the water motion was very kin esthetic. You felt as if you were in the water or in the plane with them. See the trailer. Here is actual footage from TG5.