Heartrending, But Where Is God
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate Films
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Executive Producer: Javier Ugarte
Writer: Sergio G. Sanchez
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The movie opens with the very British Henry and his doctor wife, Maria, their three sons, Lucas, Thomas and Simon, flying from Japan where Henry is stationed. They stop in Thailand for a Christmas vacation at an absolutely beautiful five-star resort. The movie establishes them at the resort as they are having fun.
Suddenly, the 2004 tsunami hits. The movie follows the mother, Maria, and the son, Lucas, as they are swept along by the water through brambles and trees in the jungle. When they finally get together with each other, they are battered and beaten. Marie is bleeding profusely from the leg. They take refuge in a tree to find another little boy named Danny.
Soon, some natives come and take care of her and drive them in a truck to the nearest hospital. Lucas watches over his mother, who’s on the verge of death. The hospital is strained beyond its means by all the wounded and dying survivors. To take her son’s mind off her problems, Marie sends him to help other people. Lucas is able to reunite a Swedish man with his son.
Cut to the father surviving the tsunami. He finds his two other sons and puts them on a truck to go to higher ground with some other children. Henry is determined to find his wife and Lucas. The rest of the movie is each one of them trying to find each other.
THE IMPOSSIBLE is a well-produced, beautifully photographed disaster movie based on actual events. It moves with the power of a tsunami. There are some high points where people are reconnected, but through most of the movie you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for this family to survive or die. The amount of violence inflicted by the tsunami on people requires caution. There are triage scenes of extreme pain and suffering. There’s a naturalist shot of Marie’s breasts to show she is wounded. There’s only one discernible obscenity.
For those people who have faith in God and know that only He alone can do the impossible, the movie will be a slight disappointment. There’s absolutely no sign of prayer in the movie, and there’s no mention of God. There’s no Buddhist monk or Christian cross. By the end of the movie, the audience is asking how did this family come together without God? It is an exercise in the triumph of the will.
THE IMPOSSIBLE is a well-produced, beautifully photographed disaster movie based on actual events. It puts viewers on the edge of their seats. The amount of violence inflicted by the tsunami on people requires caution. There’s also brief naturalistic nudity, but only one discernible obscenity. For those people who have faith in God, the movie will be a slight disappointment. There’s absolutely no sign of prayer and no mention of God. By the end of the movie, the audience asks, how did this family come together without God? THE IMPOSSIBLE is an exercise in the triumph of the will.