The Impossible Trailer Shows A Family's Survival In The Aftermath Of A Tsunami

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The Impossible
(Image credit: Lionsgate)

This December, Summit has J.A. Bayona's drama The Impossible headed into theaters for a limited release. The theatrical trailer for the film has arrived online, and gives us a look at the true story of a family that was caught in the tsunami in Thailand back in 2004.

Based on a true story, The Impossible stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as Henry and Maria Owens, a couple who take their family to Thailand for the holidays. As you'll see in the trailer below (courtesy of iTunes), the tsunami hit while they were all outside, enjoying what seemed like good weather and some family time by the pool. Their story of survival ensues from there…

While the trailer gives us a look at the terrifying wave that devastates the area, the main emphasis appears to be on this family's survival and the experiences they have with some of the tens of thousands of other people who are also trying to survive after this natural disaster.

Use of Damien Rice's cover of One does a fine job of setting the tone for the trailer, building up an emotional momentum as the video features a mixture of happy, scary and moving moments for this family. That, in addition to the words "Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit" suggest that The Impossible aims tell a very intense and touching story about a family facing disaster.

The Impossible arrives in theaters December 21. More information and photos from the movie can be found in our Blend Film Database.

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