The Impossible tells the horrific story of an English family (including three young children), who are vacationing in Khao Lak, Thailand, during the holidays. The problem? The movie takes place in December 2004, just days before the massive tsunami inundated the small village.
Although Maria (Watts) and her family arrive on Christmas Eve, they’re faced with tragedy 48 hours later. Together, they must tend to injuries and find shelter in an attempt to achieve the impossible: survive.
In addition to Watts, the movie also stars Ewan McGregor (Henry), Tom Holland (Lucas), Samuel Joslin (Thomas), Oaklee Pendergast (Simon), Marta Etura (Simone), Sönke Möhring (Karl), Geraldine Chaplin (the Old Woman) and Johan Sundberg (Daniel).
The Impossible was directed by J. A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Lord of the Rings). While María Belón wrote the original story, Sergio G. Sánchez (A Monster Calls) penned the screenplay. Belén Atienza (The Lord of the Rings), Álvaro Augustin (Pan’s Labyrinth), Ghislain Barrois (Way Down) and Enrique López Lavigne (28 Weeks Later) served as executive producers on the movie.
If disaster flicks aren’t your cup of tea, there is plenty of other feel-good content on Netflix, including Moneyball, Pets United, Over the Moon and Bad Teacher.
*Adds to streaming queue*