Although several Spanish-dubbed trailers have been released, there is finally an official US trailer for the drama/thriller/survival film for The Impossible. Directed by Barcelona native Juan Antonio Bayona (of The Orphanage fame), the film focuses on one family’s struggle and survival through the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 while on vacation in Thailand.
The film features Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as the parents of three who must keep their family together in the wake of a terrible tragedy. Based on a true story of one family’s experience, The Impossible chronicles the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on December 26th, 2004.
A series of devastating tsunamis was triggered along the coastline of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean. The tsunami killed nearly 300,000 people in over 10 countries and inundated coastal communities with waves nearly 100 feet high. The earthquake itself is the third largest ever recorded, and caused the entire planet to vibrate nearly 1 cm.
Warner Brothers will release the film in Spain October 11th, 2012. The distribution rights for the United States were prebought by Summit Entertainment. According to Deadline, Lionsgate has scheduled the film for a December 21st release date in the US.
The film is scheduled to appear in the 2012 Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday, August 21st, and it’s reception there is key to its success both nation and worldwide. With an international cast, it can be difficult for storylines to read the same in different cultures. Luckily, the Indian Ocean tsunami was an international tragedy of which many were involved and surely even more can relate.
Although survival movies aren’t typically my forte, this one shows promise. Because it’s based on a true story, features huge Hollywood stars, and was filmed on location, The Impossible may be quite impacting as a film.
‘The Impossible’ Movie Trailer: