Nat thought – seen the trailer, seen the movie.
Maybe I was in a particularly unsentimental mood, but it took me two sittings to get through this. Which I found strange, because the trailer almost turned me into a blubbering mess. When we get to the bit early on where Naomi Watts is screaming in fear, clinging to a tree as the waters swirl around her, I couldn’t go any further. Alright, maybe that is a perfectly accurate response to having the whole world turned into a washing machine, but all her screaming did was annoy me. Can you direct someone to scream less annoyingly?
There you go, that’s her being slightly upset about it all. I’ve just saved you from having to hear it.
Oh, but wait, I’m assuming you know what the film’s about aren’t I? Well, let’s see. Remember the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004? Yah, stupid question. The Impossible is based on the story of one family (Spanish in real life but British here – I’m assuming British anyway, from the accents) who are separated when the tsunami hits their holiday resort in Thailand. We then follow their struggle to get to safety and find each other again.
Did I just make that sound boring? Funny that.
For the first ten minutes of the film I thought I must have accidentally landed in good-actors-gone-bad land. In the opening scenes Ewan McGregor and Naomi have absolutely no chemistry. Right before the tsunami hits, I felt like I was watching someone’s home video and they forgot to turn off the camera once they’d filmed the kids playing in the pool. They’re so flat-lined I wonder if they even liked each other.
And yeah yeah I know, that’s the point; they go through this tragedy and learn what’s really important in life, and it’s not money or whether you forgot to alarm the house. But their disinterest in each other just made me have no interest in them, or their story. Then came the screaming. Am I a cold-hearted bitch? Well, no. As I said, the trailer moved me. It could be that I have a short attention span though.