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The Impossible

ages 14+ | 94% Say It's Worth Your Time

In December 2004, close-knit family Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of the sea, followed by a wall of black water that devours everything in its path. Though Maria and her family face their darkest hour, unexpected displays of kindness and courage ameliorate their terror.


Runtime: 1 hr 43 min

Director: Juan Bayona

Producer: Enrique López Lavigne, Ghislain Barrois, Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustín, Javier Ugarte

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland, Marta Etura, Christopher Byrd, Johan Sundberg, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast

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Rated PG-13 Disturbing Injury Images|Brief Nudity|Intense Realistic Disaster Seq

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  • 7 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 5 of 10 Profanity

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  • cohigbee (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    My favorite film of the year so far, and I'll be impressed if something displaces it. Gutted me. Inspired me. Made me want to fall in love with my wife all over again and just hold my kids forever. Every actor, down to the youngest son is INCREDIBLE. The special effects are visceral. The directing is humane and vulnerable. I'm just really in love with this movie.

    January 10th, 2013 · Details
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  • lisarati (Female)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    If you can handle a movie with difficult content, then this is worth watching. The acting is stellar, and the special effects combine to show the impact of the tsunami. If I didn't know the real-life happy ending, I would not have been able to watch. As it was, I cried the whole way through!

    Aside from the tsunami and family being separated, there are many dead bodies, an exposed breast, and graphic footage of injuries. It's heartbreaking to see the family's devastation.

    I wish the text on the screen at the beginning of the movie and the photo of the real family at the end weren't so small! It would also have been nice had the movie given us an update on the family and reminded us of how many people died.

    July 19th, 2013 · Details
    2 Thanks ·
  • Bob (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Get ready for an emotional ride that will really make you evaluate how important your family is to you. This is the type movie that makes you want to be a better person to all and show love and concern for those around you.

    I found myself thinking a lot about what I would do if I was in a tragedy like this and if something happened to a child of mine.

    As others have mentioned, there are some graphic scenes with blood including one scene where a women's leg has an open wound that's extremely graphic. There is also another scene where a woman's breast is shown in a completely non sexual manner. The scene was graphic because it showed a wound around that area on the woman's body. I'm not justifying nudity in movies, but this was to portray a reality of something that happened in a crisis, not to stimulate the audience sexually.

    Overall, this is a movie that has such a powerful message that it's worth seeing. But I'll probably only see it once every few years because of the emotional toll took on me as a human being.

    July 5th, 2013 · Details
    2 Thanks ·
  • Back-Row-Pete (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Practically every scene of human interaction in this film is about the kindness of humanity and/or about family love. That's what makes this a great film, beyond the incredible realism in portraying the disaster. Parents must rightly be cautioned about the exposure of a woman's breast. But it is not sensual at all. In fact, you are more likely to be bothered by the scenes of death, sorrow, and serious injury, of which the brief nudity is a part. I would recommend this film to anyone old enough to deal with that.

    January 21st, 2013 · Details
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  • britt124 (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    the impact of this film is incredible. i walked out feeling inspired, humbled, and filled with a renewed sense of gratitude. While there is come clinical nudity, i would recommend this film; ESPECIALLY for families. the emotional and physical impact may be out of smaller children's (under the age of 13) depth . phenomenal film!

    January 16th, 2013 · Details
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  • toddjhandy (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Incredibly well acted. Compelling storyline. Amazing cinematography. Naomi Watts deserves her Oscar nod, and the young man who played Lucas does, too. So very moving and thought provoking- in a disaster like that, NOTHING else but family matters. GREAT FLICK!

    January 12th, 2013 · Details
    2 Thanks ·
  • eterry1388 (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie got me thinking a lot about why such events like Tsunamis happen. The power of nature is amazing and can wipe out cities as shown in this movie. This was a great story of a family who were separated from the event and somehow made it back together, alive. It truly did look like it was going to be impossible. I don't know why they had to throw this in, but there is one short scene where the mothers breast was fully exposed and very clear to see for a couple of seconds. Not appropriate.

    May 1st, 2013 · Details
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  • weinheimer (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    Some graphic scenes with bodies and injuries with some nudity. Great story of survival and people helping each other.

    February 2nd, 2013 · Details
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  • RKA (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    It is an emotional roller coaster. Very touching but could be too much realism for younger viewers.

    January 21st, 2013 · Details
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  • dogmanaut (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    A very powerful film with fantastic, Oscar-caliber performances from Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

    Some intense imagery, including bloody, gory injuries and brief (entirely non-sexual) nudity. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you can stomach it, you will be richly rewarded.

    April 4th, 2014 · Details
  • Clinnell (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I never had a desire to watch this but when I did I was totally blown away. I guess in my mind I thought the tsunami would all be CGI and wouldn't look real and they couldn't pull it off. Well I was way wrong. The director did a fantastic job of recreating that horrible and terrifying event. The pacing is pretty good in this movie and you care a lot about these characters and want nothing more than to see them reunite.
    There is some things in this movie that definitely make it not for the kids, but I think everyone else will enjoy this film and it will remind everyone of those people who lost their lives in the tsunami and how powerful mother nature can be.

    December 18th, 2013 · Details
  • Clearplay clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The Impossible is a powerful disaster movie that will keep you riveted to the screen. Unlike Hollywood’s fictional disaster flicks, this one skips the cheese, the director letting story’s real events drive the emotion and drama. Naomi Watts in the lead role deserves a big round of applause in particular, as does the director for some amazing cinematography. Best of all, it’s about family and a diverse collection of human beings coming together to lift one another in one of the most deadly disasters of our time... See Full Review

    August 12th, 2013 · Details
  • redbook.ua (Male)

    ages 10+ |

    nice movie.

    July 11th, 2013 · Details
  • andrewmacey23 (Male)

    Mature 17+ |

    This show was interesting. It was a cool story of a family surviving a horrible disaster, and it seemed to be pretty realistic. There were parts that showed nudity that I didn't expect from a PG-13 movie. Some of the wounds that were shown were also hard to look at due to the graphic nature of them.

    June 22nd, 2013 · Details
  • tyler.markus.54 (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Really helps you gain a better perspective on the sadness and fear of going through a natural disaster.

    June 10th, 2013 · Details
  • randybgunn

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    This is a fantastic movie and I didn't expect it to be quite this good. It is very riveting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. There is some short nudity but it is do to the tragedy that is happening. This movie will sure make you want to hug your family members and tell them you love them.

    May 31st, 2013 · Details
  • emile.fakhoury.1 (Male)

    ages 15+ | Worth Your Time

    wonderful film i love it!

    April 18th, 2013 · Details
  • josh7n (Male)

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Contains Nudity in several scenes.

    April 6th, 2013 · Details
  • adamsmart (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This is an extraordinary film, it is one of the most impactful movies I have ever seen. The story of the family caught in the tsunami really is amazing and emotional, and it does seem next to impossible. The performances are all fantastic. It all feels so real. The scenes of disaster are pretty graphic, and there is a lot of tension, but I highly recommend this movie.

    March 23rd, 2013 · Details
  • Chelynne (Female)

    ages 16+ |

    This movie was really intense. As someone who doesn't necessarily get emotional during films, this one turned me into an emotional wreck several times. It was pretty intense throughout so I wouldn't recommend any 'young' people at all (under 15) but it's amazing the situation this family went through since it's based on a true story.

    March 21st, 2013 · Details
  • RogerEbert (Male) Chicago Sun-Times Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    “The Impossible” is one of the best films of the year... See Full Review

    January 23rd, 2013 · Details

Okfor ages12+