Movie Review: The Impossible

The  2004 Indonesian Tsunami on Christmas Day is forever imprinted on the minds of all who watched in horror. Because of the internet, we were all glued to the surreal events of that horrid day that took the lives of over 230,000 people from fourteen countries.

Tonight, I decided to watch the movie “The Impossible.” This movie follows the real life story of a family that experienced the tsunami first hand. This movies makes the surreal events of that day and weeks to follow a horrible reality that we would never want to see anyone go through.

While the movie is extremely sad, it also gives a message of hope and perseverance in the midst of despair. This movie and the real life events that it portrays, makes us all very away of the fragility of our lives and how quickly it can all be taken away. Many movies of this kind leave one with a feeling of hopelessness and a kind of futility. Although such a great tragedy would point to the impossibility of hope, The Impossible leaves one with the triumph of the human spirit.

While I really loved the movie, my one disappointment was the glaring absence of any mention or reference to God. We should all walk away from this movie with a reminder of our total dependance upon God, His providence and the fragility of life. At any moment, we may stand before the judgment seat of the Almighty and have to answer for our lives. May God preserve us from a “sudden and unprovided death.”


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