Screen Play: TIFF 2012 The Impossible
The stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland
The gist: The Orphanage director J. A. Bayona’s English-language Spanish production tells one family’s true story of battling the Indian Ocean tsunami that wiped out Thailand. And it hit us like a tidal wave — no joke. Bayona’s technical recreation of the churning water monster is terrifying. It’s horror without the gimmick, drama without the melo. And those heartstrings, they’re a’tugged.
The buzz: Critics’ reviews are split. Some hail the Spaniard; others accuse him of drowning the picture in melodrama and are irked he used English actors to tell a Spanish family’s story. To this he says, “Why English? If you need $50 million to make a movie, it’s what you do.”
(Photo Courtesy of TIFF.net)