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The Impossible - a Film Review

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Bethan Morgan

Don’t worry – I’m not about to reveal the ending!

Based on the tragic events of Boxing Day (26th December) 2004, The Impossible tells the story of one family’s terrifying experience of the tsunami which tore apart the lives of so many people. It is adapted from the true story of the Belón family from Spain who were on holiday in Thailand when the disaster struck.

María Belón, her husband Enrique and their three sons were staying at a resort over Christmas when their lives were changed forever. The film shows the family (played by actors) relaxing by the pool when suddenly the wave hits the resort and tears them apart. It then goes on to portray the family’s struggle to find one another, by visiting various hospitals and health centres, many of which were temporary and run by volunteers.

María is played by Naomi Watts, who has since gone on to be nominated for an Academy Awa