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  • Madson Melo
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    #80568

    I couldn’t find another thread for this movie, so I believe that there isn’t one.

    Trailer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgw394ZKsis

    Plot:

    The film tells the true story of a family, played by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and their three children. It starts as the family begins their Christmas vacation in Thailand, with the intention of spending a few days at a tropical paradise resort. However, their idyllic vacation is interrupted on the morning of December 26, 2004, when a devastating tsunami destroys the coastal zone. The family is separated in surviving the disaster, and they begin a desperate search to reunite.

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    In theaters. Nationwide Expansion in January 4.

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    Scottferguson
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    #80570

    Fun fact: This is a Spanish film.

    It’s made in English, but as a production it is 100% from Spain.

    It grossed $52 million there, the equivalent (based on population) of a $300 million + film in the US.     

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    #80571

    I’m surprised that no one did a thread of this film earlier.

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    Madson Melo
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    What Bayona wanted to tell us is completely on screen, there’s no subplot or hidden message, it’s drama about surviving a disaster, and it’s a beautiful one. The story is incredibly touching and passes through the basic drama because Bayona knows what to do to create the atmosphere and the family (composed of 5 excellent actors) connects with us (the audience) in a strong and powerful way that isn’t easy to describe. It’s a movie to cry, a place where you can see hope and even if the screenplay is nothing more than cliche, the cast and the director put this in another leve, at least for me.

    Tom Holland is a breakout actor that I will certainly follow and Naomi Watts (a co-lead) showed us with almost no words what is the heart and soul of a mother fighting to survive with her beloved child. If was rooting for Watts before, now I’m even more.

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    Madson Melo
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    #80573

    Yes, it’s a 100% spanish production. They only did with an english cast, because with a spanish one the budget would’ve been really below the 45 million that they got.

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    Scottferguson
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    Watts has Lawrence’s problem in this category (to a much smaller extent also Cotillard and Riva’s) – she’s the second lead, and honestly could have legitimately gone supporting.

    That said, she could end up contending, particularly if the film shows more strength in its wide release this Friday than it has in limited (although it is doing 3-4 times better than Rust and Bone, which continues to scare away audiences consistantly).  And she might win the GG if she works the crowd non-stop while Chastain tends to her craft in NY (though the GGs if they think Chastain is more likely to compete with Lawrence might go with her to cover themselves, since they mostly want to be “right.”)

    Tom Holland gave by far the best performance in the movie.  

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    Riley
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    The trailer made it look to me like half of the film is spent on McGregor trying to find Watts and the other half with Watts trying to find McGregor.

    But comments on this forum make it sound like both of them are supporting and Holland has the most screen time.  Can someone explain?  Is Watts significantly more central than McGregor?  Are either of them as significant as Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook or are they more like Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life supporting Hunter McCracken, who was also kind of supporting?

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    Scottferguson
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    I didn’t time The Impossible, since when I saw it I didn’t realize there was an issue. The opening of the film is the family arriving at Phuket (this really isn’t a SPOILER) and then the tsunami hits.

    Watts is front and center those first maybe 10-15 minutes, but for the next 45 she might not be on screen more than 15. The for the remainder of the film as I recall she is in and out. McGregor my recollection is in even less. Tom Holland is on screen by far the most time. He’s the protagonist, the story revolves around him. If Watts weren’t a big name, I doubt they’d be pushing lead. 

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    Madson Melo
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    #80577

    Watts is a significantly more central than McGregor and Holland is a little (imo) more significantly than both of them.

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    Scottferguson
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    Watts is definately in it much more than McGregor

    Her role though is much smaller than Hunt’s in The Sessions 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I saw the movie two days ago, didn’t see a thread until now.

    The movie is excellent, it really is. Is a very touching drama, very sentimental but you can’t really fault the director or writer for this as it looks like it is what really happened to this family. SPOILERS The are some over the top moments like when both son and dad are seen walking around the hospital narrowly missing one another and to top if off it culminates with all four men/boys coming together in a hugely emotional scene perfectly performed by all four actors. Some people might laugh it off, but it was truly an amazing moment if you don’t scare away easily from over sentimental stuff.  There are several moments throughout the film when I just couldn’t watch, mainly during Maria and Lucas scenes walking around after the tsunami had passed and they reached higher ground.  END OF SPOILERS

    Discussing the Oscar aspect of this movie….

    Naomi Watts is lead, along with Tom Holland who’s the real star of the film when it comes to screentime. Watts is a real lead that could have gone supporting easily, but they’re clearly counting on her name and with SAG and Globe nods, apparently it was the right choice, even if the film is going nowhere in all other categories.

    For the first few and tougher moments of the film, about 20 minutes, it’s one award worthy moment after the next for Watts. She shouldn’t be in so much trouble when it comes to her position in the race thanks to those minutes alone. But as the movie progresses however, you can see what her problem is. For reasons that I won’t spoil, she gets less and less dramatic and powerful things to do, specially when you consider what she did before. And then it all comes to down to her not being on screen at all for a good part of the movie.

    But since she’s (for me) the one one who carries the true impact of the film, the real outstanding, dramatic, unbelieveable, suffering moments and bigger consequences of the Tsunami here, I think she should be considered a good solid lead and definitely a nominee this year. 

    As for McGreggor. He’s probably never been better or more deserving of awards recognition. He’s fantastic in this film and there’s a particular scene that it’s just ridiculous when it comes to how heartbreaking it is. It’s easily one of my favorite moments of the year. Poor guy doesn’t even stand a chance of being nominated for anything. It’ll be a huge snub this year.

    Tom Holland isn’t a factor in the race, but he should be. The other two kids were quite amazing too.

    It’s ridiculous that this movie is going nowhere with the Academy, they chose to nominate Eastwood’s awful Hereafter for that tsunami scene and didn’t even consider this one as a finalist. It should also be a finalist for Makeup. McGreggor is definitely going to be snubbed, so you can see how Watts is in trouble, the movie is just not appealing to the Academy (or at least that’s what everyone discussing the race this year has led me to believe). Thankfully she didn’t miss the two big ones, but at the end of the day, many have been nominated for Globes and SAG and then miss out on that Oscar nod.  

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    Scottferguson
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    The tsunami special effects in Hereafter were superior; didn’t like the movie, but that work was terrific.

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    KennerLeaguer
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    I liked the film overall. I felt the performances were top notch. But the problem is the last 30 or 40 minutes of the movie. It was as if the storytellers didn’t know where to go, how to end it, what type of statement (if any) to make. As a result the movie had what appeared to be multiple endings all of which felt flat. A couple of ill-conceived attempted fake-outs didn’t help either (it was based on a true story and thus you could pretty much tell who survived).

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    babypook
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    What Bayona wanted to tell us is completely on screen, there’s no subplot or hidden message, it’s drama about surviving a disaster, and it’s a beautiful one. The story is incredibly touching and passes through the basic drama because Bayona knows what to do to create the atmosphere and the family (composed of 5 excellent actors) connects with us (the audience) in a strong and powerful way that isn’t easy to describe. It’s a movie to cry, a place where you can see hope and even if the screenplay is nothing more than cliche, the cast and the director put this in another leve, at least for me.

    Tom Holland is a breakout actor that I will certainly follow and Naomi Watts (a co-lead) showed us with almost no words what is the heart and soul of a mother fighting to survive with her beloved child. If was rooting for Watts before, now I’m even more.

    I was skeptical about Watt’s chances at the beginning, which has nothing to do with her obvious skill and everything to do with how often she has been overlooked.
    But she has such buzz now, that I’ve put her into my predix. I’m still not 100% certain, but I’d say her chances are good. If so it’s a great lead up to her Diana role! Never hurts to have the foundation and the momentum going in.

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    #80583

    The tsunami special effects in Hereafter were superior; didn’t like the movie, but that work was terrific.

    I agree. Hereafter’s tsunami scene was way superior. But The Impossible’s flood scenes and the ones showing the disaster it left behind were impeccably created. That was visual effects right? 

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