THE IMPOSSIBLE is an upcoming Spanish-produced, English-language film directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Based on one family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the film is a compelling account of perseverance and survival in the face of unimaginable disaster and chaos.
Watts and McGregor star as Maria and Henry who, together with their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. One day, as the family relaxes around the pool, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth.
As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Henry tries to protect the two youngest boys, but it’s too late: the wave smashes into him with incredible force and dislodges his grip. Maria is pushed underwater, where she is crushed and battered by debris to the brink of death.
She finally surfaces in a raging black sea, which has completely submerged her three-story hotel and the surrounding landscape. Maria gasps for breath while she tries to understand what has just happened, convinced that her family has been obliterated in the blink of an eye. But then, her eldest son, surfaces a few meters ahead in the wild flood. Face-to-face with something unexpected and incomprehensible, she must fight against all odds for her child’s survival. And her own.
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