Posts Tagged ‘The Impossible’

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Seen Your Video #32: Best of 2013

January 25, 2014

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On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I discuss our favourite films released in the UK during 2013, plus some of our biggest disappointments.

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Seen Your Video #26: From Murderous Southern Hick to Nixon

September 27, 2013

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On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, Chris Ward and I take close looks at Frank Tashlin’s Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, the former as part of a new intent to profile a chosen older film each episode. We also discuss some recent viewings, including Plein soleil, The Great Escape and the much disliked The Impossible.

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The Impossible (Juan Antonio Bayona, 2012)

January 12, 2013

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Based around the Boxing Day tsunami that struck South East Asia in 2004, The Impossible documents the true story of how one family of five was separated during the chaos, and their unlikely survival despite horrific injuries, presuming the other party may have perished, and being swept miles apart from each other. Juan Antonio Bayona’s Spain-funded film changes the Spanish tourist family of the real events to a British one, with Naomi Watts’ mother, bearing horrific wounds, managing to hold onto her eldest son (Tom Holland) and barely surviving the onslaught of water. Husband Ewan McGregor, meanwhile, battered and with a scratched eye, manages to secure his other two, very young sons near their resort, before setting off to find the remainder of his family.

Based on accounts, the film, nationalities aside, would seem to be an accurate portrayal of this particular family’s experience, though the youngest boys’ isolated conversation with a cameo-ing Geraldine Chaplin, about how some stars burn out before their light reaches us, is one of various mawkish touches amidst the instances of visceral filmmaking. Other such aspects include an overly sentimental score, very cloying in its refusal to not play over almost every scene, and some of the poor dialogue given to young Tom Holland, who tries but often cannot make his declarative dialogue sound at all natural for a teenager…

Full review at Sound on Sight