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Movie review: 'The Impossible'

BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Published: January 4, 2013

Meanwhile, Henry is conducting a frantic search for Maria and Lucas while keeping the smaller boys — aged 5 and 7 — out of harm's way as best he can. Hope that the whole family is still alive somewhere is growing thin for all of them.

With the help of a sterling cast, some harrowing and startlingly realistic images of nature at its most violent, and incidents of kindness and humanity at its best, Bayona has recreated a powerful, real-life example of familial love and unexpected reserves of courage overcoming seemingly insurmountable horrors wrought by cataclysm.

Watts' portrait of exceptional maternal might in the face of impossible odds, and especially young Holland's performance as the boy who must find the strength of a man within himself, are the stuff of which Oscar wins are made.


MOVIE REVIEW

‘The Impossible'

PG-132:023 ½ stars

Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland. (Intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity)

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