On December 26, 2004, Thailand was hit by a massive tsunami that caused unthinkable destruction. “The Impossible” is based on the true story of one family’s experience during this terrible natural disaster.
The film starts with the family’s arrival in Thailand for what was expected to be an amazing Christmas holiday. Mom Maria (Naomi Watts), dad Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their three boys – Lucas (Tom Holland), Simon (Oaklee Pendergast) and Thomas (Samuel Joslin) – quickly settle into their beachside bungalow and begin to enjoy their vacation in this tropical paradise.
On the morning of December 26 the family is relaxing in and around the pool when they hear a terrifying roar and see a wall of black water rushing towards them. The family is separated, with Maria and Lucas managing to stay together while Henry grabs hold of their other two boys. Pulled deeper and deeper inland by the water, Maria and Lucas are injured as they’re pummeled by floating debris.
“The Impossible” tells the story of this family’s fight for survival amidst thousands of strangers in a destroyed landscape, and journey to find each other and eventually reunite. It’s a true-life terror that’s tempered by the compassion, courage and simple kindness that the family encounters along the way.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a screenplay by Sergio G. Sanchez, “The Impossible” is a drama thriller that is set for a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on December 21, 2012 by Summit Entertainment.