Here is another more recent movie that seemed to go relatively un-noticed that I enjoyed very much. If you have a movie that you think is underrated or forgotten please feel free to post a trailer and just a few lines about why you like it.
The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is based loosely around the real story of a Spanish family’s fight to survive when they find themselves in the middle of a Thailand Boxing day Tsunami.
Outside of the film Hereafter which had little more going for it then the fact that it was directed by Clint Eastwood, the 2004 tragedy has not yet been captured in film. In fact, given the wrath and destruction of the tsunami it is a surprise that no major Hollywood studio has yet really tried to capitalise on the emotion of the disaster and the amazing survival stories.
Full of spectacle, special effects, and emotion, The Impossible does manage to do the tsunami justice and at the same time leave the viewer with more than just an overblown sense of special effects making it a gem within Hollywood “true life” dramas.
All of the huge water effects are not CGI The water sequences, even the huge wave effects, were shot in a massive tank near Alicante Airport Spain.
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor are excellent as parents Maria and Henry who along with their three sons have travelled to Thailand to get away for Christmas. Soon enough the tsunami comes ashore and crashes into their resort leaving the entire group bruised, injured, and separated from each other.
While the outside relief effort is being launched Maria and her oldest son focus on their own survival while at the same time looking for Henry and the twins who are still lost somewhere in the tsunami.
The facts, of course, are tweaked a bit by the director Juan Antonio Bayona, but if you suspend a bit of reality what you will get in return is a really intelligent disaster film that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat.