Summit Entertainment has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for their gutpunching drama, THE IMPOSSIBLE. The featurette explores the true story of one family’s survival of the 2004 tsunami, including an interview with the real life survivor portrayed by Naomi Watts. It also captures the massive scope of emotions the narrative will take you through.
Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, 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.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.
I was moved to tears (as was the dude sitting next to me who was openly weeping) when I caught it at AFI Fest earlier this month. Make sure to bring your hankies as this film is filled with loads of watershed moments and even more beauty. THE IMPOSSIBLE opens on Christmas Day.