Pitshanger Pictures - "The Impossible" (12) 114 mins | St Barnabas Ealing

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Pitshanger Pictures - "The Impossible" (12) 114 mins

Saturday, 7 April 2018 20:00 - 22:45
St Barnabas Millennium Halls, Pitshanger Ln, London W5 1QG, UK
Ian Hamerton
£8/£6 (under 16) (drink and snack included)
There's little point pretending that The Impossible is an easy film to watch. It simply isn't. As haunting a piece of cinema as you're likely to see with a 12 certificate attached, it's the story of a family who take a holiday to Thailand. Headed up by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, said family's life is turned upside down by the horrific tsunami that devastated the region back in 2004. Punches simply aren't pulled here. Based on true events, The Impossible has changed some of the details, but not lessened any of the impact. The tsunami itself is stunningly realised on screen, but it's the drama afterwards, and the tragedy, that sticks heavily in the mind. It's not a relentlessly downbeat film, with some extraordinary things to relate about the human spirit, but it is one that's inevitably very emotional. Director Juan Antonio Bayona, previously responsible for The Orphanage, is studious in his handling of the material, making the story an accessible and yet not glamorous one. And his diligent work, mixed with some superb performances, make The Impossible an important, absorbing and enduring piece of cinema. It's not the kind of film for a Friday night in front of the telly, but it is one that demands to be seen. --Jon Foster