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The 2004 tsunami comes to vibrant life in this first full trailer for The Impossible

Apr. 23, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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Have you seen THE ORPHANAGE? If you not, you need to do so right now. Oh don't worry, I'll wait. Back? Okay - rather incredible, right? I have good news for you then, as the next film from Sergio G. Sanchez (writer) and J.A. Bayona (director) is called THE IMPOSSIBLE and now has both a trailer and a promo poster.

While we've known about the film for a while now, very little promotional material or information beyond its 2004 tsunami setting has been released. But now we have a beautiful ( albeit Spanish-dubbed) trailer to begin ramping up your anticipation.

I barely have any idea what anyone was saying and I still very much want to see this film.  While disaster epics based on true stories can often stumble into saccharine and/or manipulative avenues of storytelling, I have zero trouble giving the team behind THE ORPHANAGE the complete benefit of the doubt.  It was easily one of the best films I've seen in recent years - not just in the horror genre, but in general - and I can't see any reason why their next collaboration won't once again be one of the very best things you'll have seen in a while.

Plot recap: A powerful story based on one family’s survival of the 2004 tsunami, THE IMPOSSIBLE stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE). 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.

The Impossible promo poster

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Extra Tidbit: When THE ORPHANAGE premiered at Cannes Film Festival, it received a ten minute standing ovation. And rightly so.
Source: Collider

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2:52PM on 04/23/2012
One of the best posters that I've seen in at least the past 6 months.
One of the best posters that I've seen in at least the past 6 months.
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2:43PM on 04/23/2012
As good as this looks, sadly, it will probably be met with the typical PC outcry that they focused on a white family when the majority of people killed were Asian.
As good as this looks, sadly, it will probably be met with the typical PC outcry that they focused on a white family when the majority of people killed were Asian.
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2:12PM on 04/23/2012

WOW....

This looks powerful reminded me of the opening scene from that clint eastwood movie hereafter
This looks powerful reminded me of the opening scene from that clint eastwood movie hereafter
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9:59AM on 04/23/2012
If I hadn't canceled our family vacation at the last minute (something came up), my family and I would be the victims of Tsunami disaster as well. I hope this movie will convey the story well, not just another "Disaster" movie.
If I hadn't canceled our family vacation at the last minute (something came up), my family and I would be the victims of Tsunami disaster as well. I hope this movie will convey the story well, not just another "Disaster" movie.
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9:36AM on 04/23/2012
Clerks 2 received 12 minutes standing ovation at Cannes. Just sayin' !
Clerks 2 received 12 minutes standing ovation at Cannes. Just sayin' !
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9:15AM on 04/23/2012
Powerful
Powerful
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8:39AM on 04/23/2012
I like the two leads, and the tsunami sequence looks frightening and even better than what we saw in "Hereafter". The tsunami was devastating and still hits very close to home for us here in South-east Asia. I hoping this turns out to be a well-told story.
I like the two leads, and the tsunami sequence looks frightening and even better than what we saw in "Hereafter". The tsunami was devastating and still hits very close to home for us here in South-east Asia. I hoping this turns out to be a well-told story.
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