It's nice to see the disaster films of the 90's remain in the past. Twister, Volcano, Dante's Peak I'm looking at you. Not to mention 2012, The Day After Tomorrow and more adequate, yet not great films in this category. The new disaster film The Impossible has the luxury of being based on a true story, but also combines the thrill and fear of watching a natural disaster take place and actually caring more so what happens to the main characters as a result of the catastrophe.
Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a vacationing couple, who along with their three sons get caught up in the huge tsunami that ravaged Thailand on December 26th, 2004. The opening sequence of the tsunami in the trailer below is as intense and unexpected as anything I've seen in film, as the family gets separated in the blink of an eye by a massive, cloudy wall of water. This leaves them, and countless others fighting for survival while searching for their loved ones after the storm tears the area apart.
I suspect The Impossible will leave more than a few moviegoers, especially parents very emotional and teary-eyed when the film opens on December 21st.