To say The Impossible is a film that aims at testing the audience’s emotions, that would be an understatement. It does. And it wants you to cry, and cringe. And you do (or at least, you should). While it’s a tale of one family’s survival after a Tsunami, it also delves into showing the anxiety, frustration and fear brought upon by loss. It’s the type of film people are afraid of watching, and that’s the reason why you should.
All that aside, Naomi Watts gives a phenomenal physical performance. Though she has minimal dialogue, she transcends the pain and bravery of her Maria through her face. A face that represents suffrage, and a willingness to die. Raw and powerful, like the storm she struggles to survive in. A-