January 12, 2013 at 7:30 am #80614
I felt that the film was episodic, and the inconsistent tone, the unbearable score, and some of the special effects work just weighed down the entire experience.January 12, 2013 at 10:41 am #80615
I wasn’t prepared for how harrowing and exhausting this film ended up being. It should have shortlisted for visual effects, sound, and makeup/hairstyling at the least. Naomi Watts was stunning, and I think she’s a worthy best actress nominee. The physicality of the role itself has to be worth something however they pulled that off for her. This could have been a nice first nomination for Ewan McGregor too, so add his name to the list of snubbed first-timers who could have made supporting actor much more interesting than the stale roundup that it is now. Tom Holland pretty much carried this film on his young shoulders. That was a surprise to see. The film itself is a survival tale at its core, and at times I wanted more complexity with the screenplay. I didn’t realize until the closing credits that the family this is based on is Spanish, and the film whitewashed them by making them British. I guess that the film wouldn’t have been funded otherwise without named international actors, but I still found that tacky. The entry point was the tourists’ experiences in the tsunami aftermath, but getting the natives’ perspective would have been nice too beyond them just being there to cater to the white leads. So I’m left with a mixed reaction in the end with some very good elements and other troubling ones.January 12, 2013 at 11:50 am #80616
Not sure what was so physically taxing about Watts’ performance — having to climb a tree?January 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm #80617
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem would of been obvious choices? Wonder if they were contactedJanuary 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm #80618
Not sure what was so physically taxing about Watts’ performance — having to climb a tree?
Obviously the cuts were all makeup, but she did indeed go through a minor bit of scuffling in the tank that they used to film the water scenes. I wouldn’t call it physically taxing, but it was certainly a more physical role than we usually see.January 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm #80619
The role looked physically taxing, how about that? I don’t know how much involvement a stunt person had versus her or whatever, but that doesn’t change what a great job Watts managed here.January 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm #80620
I watched a documentary on the making of The Abyss – now those actors suffered!January 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm #80621
All the actors had a very good and hard physical situation for this movie. As Mayi said, it was certainly a more physical role than we usually see.January 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm #80622
I could think emotionally taxing (she is wailing throughout), but I don’t really see the physicality (unless she was the one doing those flips underwater). A Swank – MDB or a Portman/Kunis – Black Swan, to me are physically challenging.January 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm #80623
She looked exhausted. Really, really spent. Plus, she got really wet didnt she? Being in a situation like that, would be difficult to convey. The cast did this in stellar fashion, imo.
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerFebruary 2, 2013 at 11:16 am #80624
I just watched this film and it was amazing! Every actor in this film was great! If there were 10 best picture nominees this year then i would want The Impossible to get a nomination. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor were particularly fantastic in this! Overall it was a great film that should have been nominated for Best Picture, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Actress, and Supporting Actor (Ewan McGregor)February 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm #80625
I just watched this film and it was amazing! Every actor in this film was great! If there were 10 best picture nominees this year then i would want The Impossible to get a nomination. Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor were particularly fantastic in this! Overall it was a great film that should have been nominated for Best Picture, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Actress, and Supporting Actor (Ewan McGregor)
Glad to see you liked it. When I came out of the theatre, I wasnt that impressed overall, outside of the cast and esp the leads. But now, weeks later, I find I’m casting back and thinking about various scenes from the film.
It’s staying with me, and I can only say that about a handful of films this year.
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerFebruary 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm #80626
Taken on its own, The Impossible is well made. It’s directed by J.A. Bayona, who previously made the eerie, underrated haunted-house thriller The Orphanage. This film is mostly dissimilar, except that it’s also an impressive visual achievement … The film loses some of its tension as it becomes a more standard against-the-odds reunion story.February 1, 2018 at 5:49 am #1202484856
Hollywood has run out of titles. Chrissy Metz has been cast in an upcoming film titled The Impossible.
Better a recycled title than trying for something artsy or unique and ending up ashamed on Riley’s Worst Title of a 20XX Contender list? /s
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