Movie Review: “The Impossible”

Jasleen Nijjar, Features Editor

Are you sitting at home bored, scrolling endlessly through the long list of movies Netflix provides? Well, look no further! I have the perfect movie suggestion for you! “The Impossible” is a PG-13 movie that is based on a true story. This movie engages the viewers by providing scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat; I know I was. The story of the movie revolves around takes place in Khao Lak, Thailand. A family of five, including Maria Bennet, Henry Bennet, and their three sons Lucas, Thomas, and Simon. The family decided to take a vacation to Khao Lak, Thailand where they booked a room in the Orchid Beach Resort and were having a wonderful time before disaster hit.  

The family had many fun activities planned during the time of their stay. As one should, they wanted to make the most out of the experience and have a lot of fun. This movie is based on the tragic events that took place during the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. This family faced many hardships one would pray and hope they never have to face. Throughout these tough times, the family reminded and reassured themselves they would get through it despite not being together. The family drifted apart when the tsunami hit, leading Lucas and his mother to be completely separated from Henry, Thomas and Simon.  

In this movie, very real events are depicted. The way people were affected by the tsunami, how they were affected, the outcome and everything the families went through was shown through one specific family. How the family tries over and over again to reunite with no communication or making it very close to reuniting only for drastic events to occur, resulting in them missing the opportunity keeps the viewers engaged due to the suspense. It is hard to imagine yourself in the shoes of the people who actually lived through this horrid experience. The wounds of the patients in the hospital look very realistic, making the events have a more powerful, emotional connection. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and I am glad I spent my Saturday night watching such an amazing movie. The storyline of this movie is fantastic and definitely worth the watch! I would rate it a 5/5 paws.