The Impossible

December 21st 2012
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 107 min,
  • Summit Entertainment
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Marta Etura, Tom Holland, Sönke Möhring, Oaklee Pendergast, Samuel Joslin, Dominic Power, Bruce Blain, Olivia Jackson, Nicola Harrison, Celicia Arnold, Natalie Lorence, Gitte Julsrud, Anteo Quintavalle, Ploy Jindachote, Johan Sundberg, Laura Power, Oak Keerati, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Byron Gibson, Jan Roland Sundberg, Christopher Alan Byrd, Vanesa de la Haza, Lancelot Kwok , George Baker, Oli Pascoe
  • Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
  • Writer: Sergio G. Sanchez
  • Producers: Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustín, Ghislain Barrois, Enrique López Lavigne
  • Associate Producer: Jaime Ortiz de Artiñano
  • Executive Producer: Javier Ugarte
  • Art Directions: Dídac Bono, Marina Pozanco
  • Castings: Shaheen Baig, Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju
  • Costume Designs: Anna Bingemann, Sparka Lee Hall, Maria Reyes
  • D.O.P.: Óscar Faura
  • Editors: Elena Ruiz , Bernat Vilaplana
  • Makeup: Alessandro Bertolazzi
  • Music: Fernando Velázquez
  • Production Design: Eugenio Caballero
  • Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta


Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Alicante, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Thailand
  • MPAA Warning: Intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity
  • Production Budget: $45 million
  • Production Companies: Canal+ España, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), Telecinco Cinema, Institut Valencia de Cinematografia, Apaches Entertainment, Mediaset España, Generalitat Valenciana
  • Production Schedule: August 2010 - November 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A lot of the team behind 2007's impressive Spanish-language supernatural tale "The Orphanage" have re-assembled for this English-language effort based around the 2004 Thailand tsunami which wreaked havoc along the coast of the Indochinese Peninsula.

This follows the story of one holidaying family caught up in the mayhem along with millions of others. Shot in both Spain and Thailand, many of the extras in the film are actual survivors of the tsunami while some of the locations used like a hospital were actually a big part of dealing with the crisis.

Bayona also reportedly used a huge man-made reservoir in Spain to shoot the crucial wave impact scenes. A foreign language teaser trailer released the other week showed a glimpse of how said sequences came off and it is quite impressive to say the least.

Though shooting wrapped almost a year ago, the extensive post-production and effects mean the film won't be ready to to deliver until later this Spring with a second half of 2012 release being targeted."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 October 2012: Spain
  • 25 October 2012: Italy
  • 21 November 2012: France
  • 30 November 2012: Bulgaria
  • 21 December 2012: Brazil
  • 26 December 2012: Belgium
  • 3 January 2013: Argentina , Hong Kong
  • 4 January 2013: Ireland, UK
  • 17 January 2013: Netherlands, Portugal
  • 18 January 2013: Norway
  • 14 February 2013: Denmark
  • 28 February 2013: Singapore