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Film review

Superbly acted story of 2004 tsunami is credible and real

Maria (Naomi Watts) and oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland) cling to life after a devastating tsunami in "The Impossible."
Photographer: Summit Entertainment
Maria (Naomi Watts) and oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland) cling to life after a devastating tsunami in "The Impossible."
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It begins with a disaster, a huge one witnessed not from a distance, not via the safety of a TV news report, but up close and personal.

The horror of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is made intimate, so awful that you recoil from the screen, ducking as tree limbs and shards of debris are hurled at you and the onscreen victims in “The Impossible.”

The effect is akin to being stuffed into ...

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