January 19, 2013

"When I came up and I was all on my own. That was the scariest part. Then I saw the two of you, clinging to that tree, I didn't feel so scared anymore because I knew I wasn't on my own."
Surviving is not an easy term. The newest disaster-movie, The Impossible, sewn by the brilliant Spanish director, J.A. Bayona, projecting the flashback event of indian ocean catasthropic tsunami back in December 2004 that cost many lives, as well as being the worst tsunami ever landed. The question is, does the inspired-by-true-event happened to the Alvarez Belon family can survive the Hollywood's rank?
I was gasping for an air, having a hard time to see as the brownish flood literally flooded my TV. It was so intense, so real, so terrifying. Praise the visual effects' team; they delivered such a realistic wave, sweeping everything that is on its way. Creepy as hell.

The story follows the Bennett family, as they spend their Christmas vacation in Thailand. Everything seems to go smoothly as they expected, but then a big tsunami swept their hotel, separating them from each other. Short story short, they try to find a way to find each other again, with all the minimalities and wounds. Will they be reunited again? Or even worst, will they be still alive?

I must say that when I recall the tsunami in 2004 in Aceh, in my very country Indonesia, my heart pounds with horror; it was terrifying, heartbreaking, the most disastrous event I've ever seen in my life. And watching this movie somehow feels like a flashback to me; I might not have experienced it, but it feels so real, so terrifying, I almost begin to wonder. Sergio Sanchez's screenplay might have no time for fanciful stories or any side dishes, as the plot goes narrow, from the happy-giggly Christmas Eve then to the quicly-turned  survival mode. Human Spirit is amazing, I can tell. It's amazing how they'll do for family, for each other, in the most unlikely situation. 

Reality is the best aspect in this movie. It's good enough to split the family into two, with the balanced heartbreaking situation. And I love how they make the 'finding' real, makes sense, not being too rue. All that topped with the amazing act from Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland. Watts's pain, I feel it. It's not just a luck that she got nominated for Best Actress in Oscar 2013. McGregor successfully delivers pain, responsibility, downright deprivation and burden. But, the most shining star is probably Tom Holland. The 16-year-old actor shines among those dirty floods and muds, making people teary with his maturer-than-his-actual-age act, his great responsibilities towards his wounded mother, as well as his trauma. He nails every single aspect of it.

Finally, I can say that I wasn't expecting The Impossible to be this great. It has the beauty of humanity, the heartbreaking survival, all completed with the eyegasping visual effects and touchy acts. A complete package. Yes, it's a must watch.


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