February 23, 2013
Naomi Watts may have the nomination, but this is Tom Holland's movie
The Impossible is about the 2004 tsunami and one family's struggle to survive and reunite. Naomi Watts has a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the mother, but it is16-year-old Tom Holland who matches her in every scene they share. He should have a Best Supporting Actor nod. The first half of the film revolves around these two, while Ewan McGregor's father and his two younger sons take up most of the second half. It's in this second half that the film seems to lose focus, and this second half is a bit weaker than the first.
Still, it's a film worth seeing. Keep in mind, this is about the greatest natural disaster in modern times, so it's no date-night movie. Oh, and bring plenty of hankies. I give it ****.
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