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The Impossible recreates the 2004 tsunami in this heart-wrenching new trailer

Aug. 21, 2012by: Alex Maidy

When I watched this trailer for J.A. Bayona's THE IMPOSSIBLE, I could not help feeling dread in the bottom of my stomach. During the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, my wife lost contact with her best friend and family. They turned out to be okay, but those days of waiting for contact were excrutiating. The only thing I can imagine being worse would be actually losing someone in a tragedy of that magnitude.

Bayona's previous film, the brilliant THE ORPHANAGE, is tonally opposite of this movie, but you can still see the same visual scope on the screen. Featuring Ewan MacGregor and Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE looks to be a good contender for awards season.

Plot: 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.

Ewan MacGregor is one of my favorite actors and I will watch anything he acts in. This will definitely be on my radar when it hits theaters on December 21. 2012.

Source: Apple Trailers

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3:57PM on 08/21/2012

UGH

Looks good but trailer gives away so damn much!
Looks good but trailer gives away so damn much!
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4:17PM on 08/21/2012
I love the fact that the trailer ruins the ending. Thumbs up!
I love the fact that the trailer ruins the ending. Thumbs up!
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4:04PM on 08/21/2012

I agree,...

While I agree with inthe DirectionoftheMoon, it's kind of obvious what's gonna happen. But still, I get what he's saying. The trailer could have worked without a couple of revealing scenes.

Still, looks good.
While I agree with inthe DirectionoftheMoon, it's kind of obvious what's gonna happen. But still, I get what he's saying. The trailer could have worked without a couple of revealing scenes.

Still, looks good.
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4:32PM on 08/21/2012
This is the "Bruce Willis was dead along" of movie trailers.
This is the "Bruce Willis was dead along" of movie trailers.
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4:06PM on 08/21/2012
Such a powerful trailer, but it literally gives too much away.
Such a powerful trailer, but it literally gives too much away.
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4:11PM on 08/21/2012
I was really digging this trailer until that last shot eliminated any mystery as to what happens. I'll still see it, but man, they really blew it there at the end.
I was really digging this trailer until that last shot eliminated any mystery as to what happens. I'll still see it, but man, they really blew it there at the end.
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6:40PM on 08/21/2012

Wow...

that looks great... the part when the two brothers found each other almost got to me already...
that looks great... the part when the two brothers found each other almost got to me already...
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5:40PM on 08/21/2012
The tsunami scene is eerie as hell and most likely very similar to what a lot of people saw in the seconds before they were swept away.
The tsunami scene is eerie as hell and most likely very similar to what a lot of people saw in the seconds before they were swept away.
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6:24PM on 08/21/2012
Oh Yes..Oscar Contender for sure. Can't wait to see this. Ewan may finally get his chance at not only a nomination but an Award (Crosses fingers)
Oh Yes..Oscar Contender for sure. Can't wait to see this. Ewan may finally get his chance at not only a nomination but an Award (Crosses fingers)
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8:29PM on 08/21/2012
For a second there I thought the whole film was only about privileged blonde white people.
But some of the background extras had Thai faces.
In The Impossible 2 that family goes to Haiti.
For a second there I thought the whole film was only about privileged blonde white people.
But some of the background extras had Thai faces.
In The Impossible 2 that family goes to Haiti.
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4:42PM on 08/21/2012
Of course the focus is on a rich white family. Typical.
Of course the focus is on a rich white family. Typical.
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